Crantock Beach

A little further around the bay is Crantock, a beautiful sandy expanse backed by sand hills with the River Gannel on its eastern edge. You can either catch a bus to Crantock from Newquay bus station or at high tide you can walk to Fern Pit Cafe on East Pentire taking the steps down to the pedestrian ferry … [[Image:JF-Pentire-East-Heather.jpg|left|Crantock]]or at low tide walk across the Gannel via the Trethellan footbridge and follow the coastal footpath to Crantock. Crantock village has a few little shops, a couple of pubs and the Post Office sells the best pasties I have ever tried!

Ken Langmaid, a Newquay-born resident wrote;

”A lane from Crantock Village takes you down to the beach near the Fernpit Ferry which crosses the Gannel from East Pentire. The far end of the beach can be reached from West Pentire. This large beach is backed by a low line of sandhills and a stretch of sandy common.”

”From the middle of the beach you can see the long unspoilt stretch of East Pentire on one side and the rocky slopes of West Pentire on the other. The breakers make a perfect line across the mouth of the bay and the rocky islet known as the Goose leads the eye towards the horizon. The scene is rendered all the more picturesque because of the Gannel which emerges from its narrow valley by the crags of Fernpit and flows to the sea close under the smooth turfy side of Pentire.”

”Besides the actual dunes there is a vast bank of silvery sand sloping gently to the river bank. Wind breaks and deck chairs are much in favour here. In some places little cliffs protude from the sand and there are shady hollows at their base if you should get a surfeit of sunshine. It is dangerous to bathe in the sea near the channel for there are very strong currents, quicksands and unexpected pits”.

”The open beach is used for surfing although conditions are not exactly easy when the tide starts to rise as cross currents are set up by the flood of sea water pouring into the river estuary.”

”Towards West Pentire the beach becomes rockier. Some of the caves are worth exploring (look out for carvings in the slate sides). Several little sandy spaces among the rocks provide a retreat when the tide comes in and steps lead up to West Pentire village. Exactly at low tide mark is Vugga Cove which has some of the best swimming and diving conditions in the district. When the tide fills it, dozens of swimmers take advantage of the deep sheltered water, the natural diving platforms and the sloped cutting in the rock.”