24. Crantock

Crantock is located on the left bank (south) side of the Gannel Estuary, south and west of Newquay.

Coastal sand dunes are in a highly dynamic environment with interaction with sediment movement within the mouth of the Gannel Estuary.

The back dunes are relatively healthy with vegetation, bare hollows and dry dune slacks. In the west, the dunes are very high and steep. A stone wall was exposed in 2020 and is thought to be a 19th Century boundary.

Centrally, the dunes are more stable but there is still over-steepening of the active face and excessive vegetation loss.

Toward the east the dunes are in a generally unstable condition, being part dune and part rock cliff. Dunes are cliffing and overhanging rock caves, with safety implications.

Further east the dunes are less steep and the active face more stable.

There are high recreational/tourism pressures on the system.

Walkover report and photos of 02 August 2021


Sand cliffing – potential danger to life. Recreational pressure. Poor interpretation.
Potential Actions
Development of Beach Dune Management Plan.
Community Groups
  • Newquay Marine Group
  • Crantock Surf Life Saving Club
Key Stakeholders
  • Duchy of Cornwall
  • National Trust
  • RNLI
CCMA potential

Shoreline Management Plan
SMP Management Area: MA31
SMP Policy Unit: PU31.2
SMP Policies:
  • Present - No Active Intervention
  • Transition - No Active Intervention
  • Target - No Active Intervention
Link to SMP Chapter 4 assessment for Management Area 31

A link to the Crantock page on the 'Let's Talk Cornwall' website will appear here in due course.