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Gannel to Crantock Beach

Posted on: November 26th, 2013 by Eight Wire No Comments

Approx 3 hours leisurely walk at low tide along the Gannel footpath taking you to Crantock Beach . Park beside the boating lake, or in the carpark along Gannel road (just off the A392). If you have parked beside the boating lake cross the road at the zebra crossing on the A392 and enter the footpath across the footbridge beside the road. If you park in the carpark you can navigate your way back to the footbridge via the footpath which runs parallel to the road.

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Follow the path to the left of the river and you will be taken on a flat walk close to the trees which flank the river. Watch out for horses which often use the track for exercise and access onto the river flats. After about half a mile you will reach the more sandy banks of the river which spread out across the flats to the river draining out to sea on the right of the valley.

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Be careful of the soft sand where you may sink your feet into it quite easily. You will approach the low bridge which straddles the river at low tide, allowing you to cross the river if required. Children can often be seen fishing for crabs off the bridge! We choose to stay on the left and continue out to the beach around the cliff as it juts out on the left.After clambering over a few rocks the river opens up allowing access to crantock beach. As you walk out, the beach opens up into a vast expanse of sand.Bejowan Walks_Gannel to Crantock Beach2

Once you have enjoyed the pleasures of the beach popular with dog walkers , families and surfers, ( although never looking crowded due to its size ) you can track back along the line of the river into the estuary. As you walk back into the estuary you can retrace your steps along the right hand side to the bridge, or paddle through the river and walk along the left hand bank. Which ever way you choose you will reach the bridge you passed on the way out.

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Once you pass the bridge you will pass many boats tied up in the estuary hinting at the history of the river which included a boatyard. The river is also a good place to spot all manner of wading birds and other wildlife feeding in the river. You will eventually come across the carpark on Gannel road. If you parked by the boating lake you can walk up the road to the crossing on the main road. Refreshments available in the Café next to the boating lake if required !

Polly Joke to Holywell Bay

Posted on: November 26th, 2013 by Eight Wire No Comments

Approx 3 hours leisurely walk along the coastpath. Park in the car park above the Bowgie Inn ( pay and display ) Walk down from the car-park past the Gramophone workshop on the left and turn left as you meet the road to join the footpath through the stile gate approx 100 yards ahead.

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Walk another 100 yards and take a moment to look right at the spectacular views across crantock beach to pentire headland. Choose to go straight ahead for a longer walk out to the headland between crantock and polly joke, before bearing left and following the cliff path, or left down through two fields. Both routes bringing you to Polly joke beach.One of our favourites and Dog Friendly !
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As you reach the beach, cross the stone bridge which straddles the stream. A good place to give your dog a drink in the stream if you have taken them with you! Choose to either: skip the beach and follow the coast path up over the fields to the left. The path is well worn so will be easy to follow or: If the tide is out you can walk down and enjoy the beach, and rejoin the footpath to the left closer to the low tide mark. As you leave Polly joke, you will climb up to the headland on the westerly side of the beach and skirt the cliffs as you look
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Be careful to keep your Dog on a lead as there are often Sheep or Cattle grazing in the fields! The cliff path will meander around the cut outs of coastal erosion for about half a mile and then gently drop down into the dunes backing onto Holywell bay. You can choose to access the Beach, amble through the dunes or a bit of both!

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If you are you ready for a rest or some refreshments then cross the beach and follow the stream up the far westerly side, crossing the bridge and follow the path to the St Pirans Inn ( Dogs welcome but only open during the summer months ! )