GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Newquay to Crantock Walk

9 miles (14.5 km)

This circular walk takes you from Newquay to Crantock via Towan Head and Pentire Point.
The walk starts from the town centre next to the train station and bus station. From here you can pick up the South West Coast Path and follow the waymarked trail up to Towan Head. You then head south along the popular surfing area at Fistral Beach before coming to Pentire. Follow the footpath around the headland at Pentire Point where there are nice views down to the lovely Crantock Beach.
After passing around Pentire Point you can catch the Fernpit Ferry over the River Gannel to the Crantock side. During high tide in the summer season, the Boathouse providesaccess between Crantock Beach and EastPentire headland, Newquay. At low tide a footbridge will allow you to walk across the riverfree of charge. On the other side follow the path along the Rushy Green before heading south east into Crantock village.
The coast path then runs south east to Trevemper before crossing the Gannel and returning to Newquay.

Newquay to Crantock OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Newquay to Crantock Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


On the walk you could stop for refreshments at the Fernpit Cafe next to the ferry on the East Pentire Headland (Newquay side of the beach). From the cafe there are great views over Crantock beach and the River Gannel. It was built in the late 19th Centuryand has served as a tea garden for over 90 years. The cafe serves fresh crab sandwiches using crab caught and landed by our very own fishing boat Excelsior.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area try the Newquay to Perranporth Walk. This takes you south west from Crantock to Penhale Sands and the pretty village of Perranporth.
For more walks in the county see the Cornwall Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Walking on Towan Head - - 1247042

Walking on Towan Head. Looking out to sea from the footpath around this headland.

Fistral Beach from Towan Head - - 433744

Fistral Beach from Towan Head. A mecca for surfers. Reputedly the best surfing beach in Cornwall.

Pentire Point West, looking to Pentire Point East - - 649863

Pentire Point West, looking to Pentire Point East. The National Trust farms these meadows in a way that encourages arable 'weeds' such as these poppies and corn marigolds, at their best in early July. A kind of Cornish machair.

Trig point on Pentire Point - - 1525367

Trig point on Pentire Point. This trig point (No. S7923) near Pentire Point is 83m above sea level and just inland from the coastal path. The north Cornish coast stretches in the background to Tintagel and beyond.

Crantock Beach - - 178578

Crantock Beach. At the mouth of the River Gannel

Crantock Village - - 138058

Crantock Village. Taken at a road junction on the western edge of the village.


GPS Files

GPX File

Newquay to Crantock.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Newquay to Crantock.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)