We loved Crantock Beach with its large expanse of golden sands found near Newquay, Cornwall.
We were recommended this beauty spot when we stayed at Ruthern Valley and I have to say we loved Crantock Beach with its large expanse of golden sands found near Newquay, Cornwall. The main stretch of the beach is over a mile long and is backed by a mass of dunes - great fun for little ones to run up and down or you can try body boarding down them.
The beach is named after the nearby village of Crantock - 2 miles walk along the coastal path from Newquay's town centre. It never seems to get too busy or crowded. If you are a member of National Trust don't forget to take your membership cards as you can park for free saving yourself £3.50. There are toilet facilities there which always brings a smile to my girls faces - honestly I don't understand why they get so worked up!
Whilst we were there they were designated areas to surf and swim with patrolled lifeguards.
There were strong currents in the River Gannel estuary but there were plenty of warning signs to not swim there and to stay in the safe areas.
A small beach shop/cafe serves refreshments during the peak season and keep your eye out for the ice-cream man who turns up on the beach in a unmarked vehicle.
For family holiday places to stay nearby please click family holidays Cornwall.