Crantock Beach is popular is one of Newquay popular beaches . Its an usual beach as it connects the river Gannel to the Sea.
At the left hand side of the beach, low tide reveals a carving into a rock, showing a picture of a woman’s face, and the inscription “Mar not my face but let me be, Secure in this lone cave by the sea, Let the wild waves around me roar, Kissing my lips for evermore”.
Supposedly, in the early 20th century a woman was horse riding along Crantock Beach. She and her horse were cut off as the tide came in and the rough seas swept them away, drowning them both. Her distraught lover carved a poem into a rock in a cave on the beach, along with a portrait of his lost love and her horse. The carvings are said to be the work of a local man, Joseph Prater.
The coastal footpath skirts all along the west side of the parish. Walking from Crantock the path leads to a sandy cove called Porth Joke, also known as “Polly Joke”. Its name comes from the Cornish “porth lojowek” meaning “cove abounding in vegetation”. In later Cornish this became Por Lejowak. This cove is entirely surrounded by National Trust land and has been virtually unchanged over the centuries. Further along the coast path is the village of Holywell, with a larger sandy beach at Holywell Bay.