Newquay - River Gannel - Crantock - Polly Joke - Newquay

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An almost circular walk, starting from Trenance Gardens at Newquay and proceeding along the River Gannel, before heading inland to the village of Crantock. It continues to the sandy bay of Porth Joke (locally known as 'Polly Joke').

After a break on the beach, we take the cliff path through a nature reserve and around the headland to the long, sandy Crantock Beach. Walking along the beach or along the sand-dunes, we return to our starting point along the Gannel Estuary.

England - South West England - Cornwall - Coast


Birds, Flowers, Great Views, National Trust, River, Sea, Toilets, Wildlife
4/18/2014 - BEVERLY INGMAN

Just backing up Bob Heap's comment. We did the walk the opposite way round and also found ourselves stranded on the Crantock side after crossing the river with no problem earlier in the day. A return to Trevemper and a detour via the A3075 back to Newquay got us back. A local told us the footbridge is regularly covered by the tide - BEWARE!

4/16/2012 - Bob Heap

Attempted this walk Wed 11 April 2012. On reaching the footbridge @ waymark 2 discovered the incoming tide had just reached the top handrail. The River Gannel has a tidal estuary which is not mentioned anywhere in the walk description, just a passing reference about waymark 15. You need to check the tidal tables with the Coast Guard or Tourist Information Board prior to commencing this walk. It would be very easy to be stranded on the Crantock side of the river with no means of return apart from public transport.

3/27/2011 - Diane Sheriff

What a wonderful way to spend a day. Took quite a bit longer than suggested.

2/21/2011 - Alison Vyas

Lovely walk on a beautiful sunny but cold day. All directions were good. Ali Vyas

11/5/2010 - Graham Gant

At waymark 8 take the path. In the distance you see a hedge. There is a small gap in the hedge. You won't see it till you get to it though.

4/14/2009 - Paul Gunn

Excellent walk, especially if the weather is nice! We took our two dogs on this walk, they loved every minute! Highly recommended.