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River Gannel


Newquay Crantock North Cornwall
The Gannel River is a tidal estuary that separates the popular resort town of Newquay from the picturesque beach and village of Crantock in north Cornwall. At low tide, you can explore the Gannel by foot, bike or horseback, and at high tide it's a beautiful place to explore by kayak or paddle board. 

The Gannel originates in the village of Indian Queens in mid-Cornwall, and flows out to the north coast where it becomes a tidal estuary. There's a lot of history attached to the Gannel, including an ancient boatyard, and the legend of the 'Gannel Crake', which is a noise that can be heard in the area that has been described as sounding like a crying voice. In the 19th Century it was thought by superstitious types to be the sound of a troubled spirit that haunts the river. 

There's a plethora of wild birds that populate the area, and the Gannel is also a good spot for fishing. On the banks of the river at the Crantock end is a cafe and passenger ferry, taking people from the Newquay side over to the beach at Crantock, there's also a small shop selling beach goods and freshly landed lobster. 

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