Crantock Beach

Bring your National Trust card if you have one for free parking at this dog-friendly beach. There are plenty of footpaths nearby too, for your favourite furry friend and lovely soft sands for you both to walk on.

Crantock Beach is a perfect, pristine stretch of sand near Newquay between the breath-taking beauty of Pentire and Pentire Head. Tucked away between coastal resorts, it is a hidden gem which yields a large expanse of sand at the mouth of the River Gannel Estuary.

The beach is bordered by sand dunes, while high cliffs provide some shelter from the wind.

A word of warning, the tide can come in very fast here because the sands are so flat, so be observant, and check your tide times. At low tide you can walk along the tidal estuary or along the sands as you prefer; both are delightful.

If you are near the cliffs, try the challenge of finding the secret lady carved in the rock, to add extra interest to your dog walk. It tells a sad and tragic story from the 1920s, the moral of which is to keep a close eye on the incoming tide.

Well-equipped for dogs and their owners, on a practical note there are bins in the car park with free poo bags when the car park is staffed, and a bowl of clean water for your thirsty doggie pal, too.


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