Crantock & the gannel

Link to a map of the Gannel launch site

The launch site is the Newquay side of the Gannel at the Old Boatyard Car Park off Gannel Road (not Crantock Village).  

The lower reaches of the Gannel meanders through a salt marsh, providing rich pickings and a special habitat for local bird life.  At low tide the area is popular with dog walkers, with a circular walk made possible by 3 foot bridges.  At high water a large salt water lake is formed with crystal clear water, this is ideal for Stand Up Paddle boarding.

The Gannel continues its journey to the sea meeting Crantock beach and eventually the surf. 

What to expect

It's a good idea to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time as there is a little 'faff' associated with boating activities, usually getting changed, allocating equipment, having a chat and deciding what to pack in the dry bag.  We tailor sessions to a group and ask so what you would like to get from a session, if we don't already know.  At the start of the session you will receive a short shore briefing covering:-

  1. The tour route or outline session plan
  2. Safety considerations including, communication, equipment and hazards
  3. An introduction on how to Stand Up Paddleboard
  4. Then it's time to hit the water

There will be plenty of time for asking questions and paddling tips are provided during the trip as appropriate. 

What to wear

What to wear on a SUP is personal choice, but we recommend:-

  • Spring: full length wetsuits are best even on sunny days as the water hasn't warmed up yet.  It is always good to bring a wind proof jacket and warm hat even if we stow them in a dry bag.  If you know you get cold it may be worth bringing gloves. 
  • Summer:  a shortie wetsuit is ideal, but plenty of us paddle in summer with a full length wetsuit on.  A wind proof and a hat are always a good idea for longer journeys or if you feel the cold. 
  • Autumn:  The weather varies so much and the water is warm in Autumn.  We would recommend  a full length wetsuit (Winter wetsuit later in Autumn) and bring along spares of a waterproof jacket and hat.  Wetsuit boots if you feel the cold and if the weather is cooler.
  • On your feet: Stand up Paddle Boarding is easier bare feet, however many people opt to wear wetsuit shoes or old trainers, particularly for launching off rocky shores and on cold days neoprene boots are essential.  Crantock is great for barefoot paddling.

If you require a wetsuit we recommend hiring through Bathsheba Surf Shop in Perranporth and you will receive a discount if you mention SUP in a Bag. 

What to bring?

  • Bring a drinks bottle (reusable ideally) and small snack for two hour sessions
  • Picnics or refreshment options will be discussed on booking for longer trips.
  • Suncream, as the effects of the sun while on the water are stronger than on land.  Don't forget your feet!

Bring a towel for the shore


The Car Park is free, but maybe busy.  Because it is a dog walking area cars come and go.  There is further parking back towards the main road at Pengannel Close (check for parking restrictions) or a short walk away around the Newquay Lake.  Public Toilets can be found on the far side of the lake.  

A short drive away are some of our favourite watering holes:-

If you have any questions at all please Contact Us

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