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Notice: We advise all visitors to Crantock beach to please be aware of significant shifting of the sand dunes due to the recent weather and sea conditions. There may be steep edges to the dunes.

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

You can tick off some 50 things challenges here. Find your way with a map and compass, fly a kite or skim a stone. You may even catch sight of an oystercatcher on the Gannel estuary.

Enjoy a spring walk

Spring is one of the best times of year to take a coastal walk with flowers such as thrift and squill making an appearance. There are suggested routes you can download for free here.

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 Payback scheme. All money raised goes directly to help fund our work in the local area.

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.

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