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Crantock Beach

  • Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5SE

At the southern tip of Newquay’s necklace of beaches, this mile of sugary sands is stretched between the craggy headlands of Pentire East and West. Pummelled by the Atlantic swell, and popular with surfers and dog walkers all year-round, Crantock is far enough removed from the surf-town’s maddening crowds to offer sandy paws plenty of room to play, even in the height of summer.

On its northern flanks the River Gannel not only serves to separate it further from Newquay, but also offers the perfect watering-hole for hot hounds when the waves are too mighty. At its southern end the sand dunes grow into towering cliffs, beneath which there are caves to explore, and above which you can follow the South West Coast Path to Holywell Bay.

Just a fifteen-minute drive from the town, and with a National Trust car park tucked behind the dunes, Crantock is easily accessible, and there’s beach equipment for hire and a snack kiosk here in the summer. There’s also a seasonal ferry running in summer to Crantock from the Fern Pit Café on the Newquay side. It’s really no surprise that it was voted ‘Britain’s Best Beach’ by BBC Coast in 2013.

Beach Type: Sand
Dog Information: Dogs allowed all year round.