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A sandy beach contained within east and west Pentire Headlands. Backed by high dunes at the NE end and by steep cliffs at the SW end. There is a large expanse of mostly tide swept golden sand with the River Gannel at the Northern edge.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2017 Good

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Crantock beach

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Two large charging car parks, the closest is NT run (members free), immediately behind the dunes at the eastern end of the beach.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly.



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Swimming, surfing and bodyboarding are all popular as well as kayaking. There is a NT endorsed Surf School at Crantock Bay, based in the car park. There is a seasonal ferry link across Gannel to Newquay.

Wildlife and Walks

The South West Coast Path runs through the site. Scenery varies from estuary side, partly wooded, walks along the Gannel which is good for bird spotting, across wildflower rich dunes on the Rushey Green and out to the headland of West Pentire where an arable flower conservation project sees swathes of poppies and corn marigolds in the fields in June and July. Grey seals often seen off the headlands and dolphins occasionally visiting. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: bay, estuary, sand,

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, from 15th May to 30th September. Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Good

What’s does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-

Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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Potential hazards at this beach


Dates and times

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Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

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Beach Cleans

We need you!

Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Crantock beach

There are currently no beach cleans within 10 miles of this beach!

All of our cleans are run by volunteers so why not organise your own? We’ve got loads of information to help you get started.

Click here to see all events around the UK.

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Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

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Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Fancy a fish dish?

Find an eatery with a Fish2fork sustainable seafood rating within 10 miles of Crantock beach


We rate restaurants according to the impact the seafood they serve has on fish stocks and the health of our oceans.

Along with MCS we want all seafood served in the UK to be sustainable.

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Sustainable Blue fish - serving sustainable seafood
Sustainable Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is an MCS Fish to Avoid

There are currently no restuarants listed within 10 miles of this beach!

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Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Crantock beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Helen Woodhouse
on 3 Sep 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sara Gumbrell
on 2 Sep 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Sykes
on 19 Aug 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jenna Maidana
on 14 Aug 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Richard Lemm
on 10 Aug 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sarah Dembry
on 8 Aug 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Emily Everitt
on 7 Aug 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rob Hughes
on 7 Aug 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Paul Prophet
on 5 Aug 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ben Brandon
on 3 Aug 2017

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