Crantock has plenty of rock pools and caves to explore at low tide, along the edges of both East & West Pentire Headlands. The southern edge of the beach is lined by sand dunes and Marram grass- creating a nature haven for the local wildlife.
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.
The older part of Crantock village is situated around its church which is dedicated to St Carantoc, founder of the village. At one time the parish was known as Langurroc which translates as – The Dwelling of Monks.
The Celtic monastery was established in Crantock before the Norman conquest and was sized by the Count of Montain once they had subdued the nation. His son passed on to the Montacute Priory in Dorset in 1230.