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Notice: Visitors to Crantock Beach should be aware that the shape of the beach and river bed has altered due to the River Gannel changing its course. There are strong and dangerous currents present in places. Please pay attention to the advice from the lifeguards and only enter the water in the designated areas when they are present.

Unspoilt golden, sandy beaches, estuary and sandy grassland surprisingly close to Newquay

For its sheer diversity of landscape, this relatively small stretch of Cornwall's north coast is hard to beat. Only a stone's throw from the popular seaside resort of Newquay, Holywell to Crantock offers you a haven of beaches, common land and coastline to explore.

Exposed rocky headlands sit alongside spectacular sandy beaches, perfect for surfing or making sandcastles.

Discover the hidden gem that is Porth Joke, a small cove that remains untouched by commercialism.

This is popular walking country. Whether you're looking for an easy stroll along the Gannel Estuary or a slightly longer coastal walk taking in the contrasts of Kelsey Head and Cubert Common, there are walks for everyone to enjoy. Visit West Pentire in the early summer to catch sight of spectacular displays of wild flowers.

50 things to do

Pay a visit to Holywell or Crantock Beach and start ticking off your 50 things to do before today. Have a go at jumping over waves or take a swim in the sea - don't forget to follow the advice from the life guards though. You could also explore the nearby footpaths using a map and compass or look out for a number of different sea birds.

Ask the car park staff for some pointers as you arrive.

Coastal Festival 2015

Celebrate the North Cornwall coast this year with the Coastal Festival. 300 miles of coast in the South West to explore, over 200 events, £1million to raise (in order to care for the coast for just one year) and lots of ways to get involved.

Meet Trust staff who work around the coast, and enjoy a bird's eye view of some of the places we look after here.

Autumn walks

Autumn is a lovely time of year to take a walk here. Look out for grey seals along the coast and don't miss the Iron Age fort on Kelsey Head. This downloadable walk offers spectacular views to enjoy.

Tide times

It's easy for the tides to take us by surprise so it's advisable to check what time high tide is before you arrive.

Remember to give yourself plenty of time to get back to the beach access point.

Where to park

There are National Trust car parks at Holywell and Crantock beaches with a smaller one at Polly Joke. There's a height restriction barrier at Crantock when the car park is unmanned. Seasonal charges apply to non-NT members.

Making a difference

A group of volunteers mending a dry stone wall near Carnewas, Cornwall

Thank you to guests staying at the Pentire Hotel and Headland Hotel in Newquay who make a donation to the National Trust via our visitor gifting scheme. All money raised goes directly to help fund our work in the local area.