Crantock Beach is a lovely family beach not far from Newquay that offers great surfing and somewhere gorgeous to chill out for the day. There is a huge amount to explore here, especially for kids with lots of sand dunes and the Gannel River opening into the beach. This beach is a firm family favourite.
Crantock beach has a lifeguard service that runs from 10-6 in the summer so it is safe for bathing etc, but be careful around the river mouth as there can sometimes be some strong currents in the river.
How to Get There?
If you are based in Newquay you can walk to Crantock beach, as long as the tide is out.
Just find the Fern Pit cafe and walk down the steps and across the river bed, you can also get a little ferry from the bottom when the tide is in. There are other crossing spots along the Gannel, but be sure to check the tide times as you don’t want to get cut off!
Crantock beach can be clearly seen from the Pentire headland, where you can park your car in the pay and display car pak, so go and check it out.
If you want to drive to Crantock beach, leave Newquay and head for Crantock. Locate Beach Road – it’s signposted – and it will take you to the beach carpark. This is a National Trust carpark, so bonus if you are a member, but if you’re not be prepared to pay more than you think you should. There are toilets, pubs and shops nearby, making this the perfect spot for a family day on the beach.