Crantock Circular Walk

Short walk offering the walker beautiful views over a tranquil estuary and sweeping Atlantic coast as well as the chance to explore the pretty coastal village of Crantock.

Distance: 2.75km.

Time: ¾ hour.

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Terrain: Easy, one gentle climb (at the start) but otherwise reasonably level.

Start/finish: Ordnance Survey Grid Reference (OSGR) SW 788 608.

Ordnance Survey map no/s (1:25,000): Explorer 104.

Nearest town: Newquay.

Public Transport: You can use Traveline South West to plan your journey.

Parking: National Trust car park (sand not bitmac) at the start point.

Refreshments: In the village of Crantock and (during summer) above the car park.

Public toilets: Please see Public toilets for information on ownership and current opening times.

Stiles/gates/steps: 2 stiles and 2 kissing gates.

Leave the car park and walk up the road back into the village of Crantock.

Take a few minutes to look around the historic buildings before taking the lane to the right of the small antiquity shop.  Follow the lane up to the crest of the hill and climb over the stone stile as the road turns sharp right.  If stiles are difficult, follow the lane around to the right and join the path at the other end of the field. Cross the field and climb over the stone stile at the other side before turning left down the lane.  Pass the old farm of Penpol on the left before finding the coast path sign on the left hand side of the road.  Take this path through the kissing gate and follow the well worn path across the field and through the copse alongside the creek.  At the kissing gate emerge from the wood onto a more open area by the side of the Gannel Estuary, keeping the estuary on the right. Keep to the path which gently climbs before emerging at a crest of the hill where there are stunning views over Crantock Beach to the Atlantic.  Continue along the path until it drops down once more to the car park where the walk started.  Before leaving, it is possible to wander over the dunes to admire the beach or visit the little church up on the hill (to the left of the road up to the village).