Like several other sandy beaches in the Newquay area, Crantock Beach is popular for surfing. There are car parks at Crantock Beach and West Pentire. The beach is backed by sand dunes.
At the left hand side of the beach, low tide reveals a carving into a rock, featuring a picture of a woman’s face, and the inscription ‘Mar not my face but let me be, Secure in this lone cave by the sea, Let the wild waves around me roar, Kissing my lips for evermore’.
The coastal footpath skirts all along the west side of the parish. Walking from Crantock the path leads to a sandy cove called Porth Joke known locally as Polly Joke. It’s name comes from the old Cornish words for ‘Jackdaw Cove’ (Pol-Lejouack). This cove is entirely surrounded by National Trust land and virtually unchanged over the centuries. Further along the coast path is the village of Holywell, with a larger sandy beach at Holywell Bay.
Crantock in North Cornwall is a sheltered river break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the southeast with some shelter here from north northeast winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west. Waves at the river are both lefts and rights. Best around low tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.
Surf Forecast for Crantock Beach, Cornwall
How to read this surf forecast
Wave height refers to the size of the swell measured in open water close to the coastline. This means the actual size of the wave when it hits the beach may vary due to many factors including beach shape and orientation.
|Wave height (ft)||11.5||13||7||15||8|
|Last updated: 17-Feb-2019|