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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

23 May 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sandy beach contained within east and west Pentire Headlands. Backed by high dunes at the NE end and by steep cliffs at the SW end. There is a large expanse of mostly tide swept golden sand with the River Gannel at the Northern edge.


Swimming, surfing and bodyboarding are all popular as well as kayaking. There is a NT endorsed Surf School at Crantock Bay, based in the car park. There is a seasonal ferry link across Gannel to Newquay.

Wildlife and Walks

The South West Coast Path runs through the site. Scenery varies from estuary side, partly wooded, walks along the Gannel which is good for bird spotting, across wildflower rich dunes on the Rushey Green and out to the headland of West Pentire where an arable flower conservation project sees swathes of poppies and corn marigolds in the fields in June and July. Grey seals often seen off the headlands and dolphins occasionally visiting.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Good

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

23 May 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

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Facilities at Crantock

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Two large charging car parks, the closest is NT run (members free), immediately behind the dunes at the eastern end of the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 20th May - 1st October 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.