Explore Newquay’s seafaring past at the Gannel Estuary


Whether you’re a keen equestrian, love kayaking or just fancy a scenic walk, you can explore Newquay’s seafaring past at the Gannel Estuary. You will often spot people diving, kayaking and swimming out into the river – remember though, the Gannel is a tidal river so it pays to only go out at low tide!

The Gannel played a huge role in providing Newquay with trade: A silted estuary, schooners and lighters (barges) were poled or rowed up the river channel on the incoming tide, carrying coal, timber or sand to Trevemper Bridge where it was distributed inland. It was also known as the Gannel Shipyard where many ships were built. In fact, you can still see traces of old boatyards and moorings – look out for an old rowing boat from years ago!

The Gannel was also where pilchard and mackerel boats were moored. For the nature-lovers amongst you, grab your binoculars and look out for plants, little egrets, fish and even eels! Even better, bring your fishing rod along. If you’re a horse-lover, Newquay Riding Stables (just over the road) offer pony hacks!

If you fancy a long walk, why not try the scenic Gannel Estuary and Crantock Walk? It’s about 5 miles, and stops off at some great spots in the surrounding Newquay area. Try the Old Albion Inn or The Fern Pit Cafe for a bite to eat, or take a detour to Crantock Beach. Check out the route here.

Find The Gannel Estuary on the outskirts of town on the left of the Gannel Link Road heading towards Mount Wise. Parking is limited but it’s also not too far from town to walk – alternatively park alongside the Boating Lake and walk across.