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Beautiful Places To Explore In Newquay Cornwall

Author : Howard Evans

Crantock beach forms part of the expanse of sand between Pentire and West Pentire headlands on the borderline with Newquay. At the southern end of the beach are high cliffs providing some shelter and to the north is the mouth of the River Gannel and the Pentire Headlands. The river Gannel flows from central Cornwall and becomes a tidal estuary dividing Newquay from village of Crantock, joining with the Celtic Sea. This used to be a navigational port in times long gone by. In the past, schooners and barges were poled or rowed up the river channel on the incoming tide, carrying coal, timber and sand. The estuary still has Reeds boatyard and the site of the old Gannel Shipyard. It's a lovely place to rest a while and take in the beautiful views. In the 1800's ships up to 250 tons would have been seen being built here, and the launches of these were big local events. You can still see smaller boats moored at the boat yard being repaired. If you look carefully you may also be able to spot the remains of an old boat leaning against the banks.

As a tidal river, it can be a dangerous place to wade or swim. It is a sensitive area for wildlife and an important location for migratory birds. If you are looking to explore the area, great care and consideration should always be made to checking tidal times, all dogs kept on leads so that they don't disturb feeding and nesting birds – in short, visitors should strictly follow the country code. There are 2 foot bridges to be found; The Penpol bridge, which is covered for about two and a half hours either side of high-tide and the Trennance bridge, which is covered for about an hour either side of high-tide. Try to avoid the foreshore and keep to existing routes, for two good reasons: you will often get a much better view of the area and this also causes less erosion. Constant changes of salinity in the mud and the ever-shifting sands make this a difficult place for nature to survive, and as such it is home to a highly-specialised selection of flora and fauna. You will discover that this is a fascinating place, home to a diverse range of flowers, plants and animals, with something of interest for most, from rare beautiful salt marshes to the famous legend called the Gannel Crake.

The Gannel Crake is an unusual noise often heard "crying out". Some say it's the call of a vixen or unusual bird. During the 1800's it was described as being like "a thousand voices pent up in misery, with one long wail dying away in the distance". It is traditionally referred to by superstitious locals as the cry of a troubled spirit that ever-haunts the area. No one is actually sure what the cause of this noise is, but keep your eyes open and ears alert if you go exploring this beautiful area.

Overlooking the estuary is the Pentire Headland with the mouth of the Gannel Estuary on one side and the world famous Fistral beach on the other - a beach much-loved for the ideal surfing conditions often found. The Pentire Headland provides the ideal location for accommodation outside of the busy town centre of Newquay, as it's perfectly located for easy access to Fistral beach and affords some pretty spectacular viewpoints. Recent property development and investments in this Pentire Headland area support this thinking, and it is forecast to be one of the emerging premium areas to stay or buy a property in Newquay.

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I often visit Newquay in Cornwall and appreciate the beauty of this stretch of the UK coastline. I have stayed at many Newquay hotels and now write on behalf of the Pentire Hotel in Newquay.

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Tags:   Hotel in Newquay, Newquay Hotels, River Gannel, Pentire Headland

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