Crantock, in Cornish, Lanngorrow, is a small village and a coastal parish on the north coast of Cornwall.
Crantock dates back to 5th century - a group of Irish hermits founded an oratory here.
The National Trust owns much land in the parish.
West Pentire headland with its beautiful wild flowers is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Fields of bright colourful Poppies and Corn Marigolds can be seen during the summer months.
There are many footpaths in the area so there are plenty of opportunities to walk and enjoy the views and coastal scenery.
The parish is bounded to the north by the River Gannel. This tidal river flows across the northern edge of Crantock beach to join the Atlantic Ocean. A ferry operates seasonally between Fern Pit on the Newquay side of the river and Crantock Beach.
Crantock Parish Church
Dedicated to St Carantoc. Crantock was a collegiate church in the 1200s. Bishop Brewer of Exeter established the college c.1236.
Some remains of the Norman church including the Norman font. The building lost its central tower in 1412. The west tower has a 13th century base.
Parish Records for Baptisms, Marriages and Burials are held at the Cornwall Records Office. Some records are available online through the OPC database. Some transcripts of records have been published by the Cornwall Family History Society and are available to buy online.
See our Family History section for links to all the online genealogy resources for Crantock.
Poem by Tim Kitchen - Nottingham, inspired by many happy holidays in Crantock.
"We holiday in Crantock every year and always look forward to going there again. It’s a very special place".
Polly Joke Beach
"If you were to ask me the place I like the most
it would be Polly Joke Beach on the Cornish coast.
Where walking down to the beach on the path so steep
red poppies and corn marigolds dance at your feet.
Then as you reach the gate at the bottom of the field
a wonderful view of the rocky coastline is revealed.
The sound of corn buntings can be heard all around
and buzzards searching for prey hover above the ground.
While high on the rocks oyster catchers survey the scene
and on the beach you can see where sandworms have been.
Children fish in the rock pools left by the ebbing tide
and run around in the caves, where they love to hide.
Climbing up from the beach after an hour or two
there’s a bench to rest on and take in the view.
Over Cubert Common and back down to the sea
on a summer’s day, it’s where I like to be.
And in the evening, from the place where I stay
you might even catch the sun setting over the bay."
Crantock is reached from the A3075 Newquay - Chiverton X road.
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