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The local area guide to living in Crantock

Set 2 miles from the bustling and lively seaside resort of Newquay lies Crantock – its calmer cousin. The civil parish and village in Cornwall sits south of the gorgeous River Gannel estuary, which harmoniously divides the parishes of Newquay and Crantock.

Much of the charming village – which contains the Treninnick and West Pentire settlements – is now owned by the National Trust, a conservation organisation who owns many historic buildings and areas of outstanding natural beauty around the United Kingdom. Many are, indeed, drawn to the parish for its undeniable beauty. From the inviting golden sandy beaches to the rocky brooding cliffs and coastal views – the list of beautiful vistas in Crantock is extensive.

Information about the local residents

According to the 2011 Census, the parish of Crantock is home to 801 residents who are split into 370 households. With a population this size, a family-vibe is unmistakably present among residents. Don’t let this put you off, though, as locals are familiar with swarms of people coming into Crantock during the summer months.

42% of the population are employed and work mainly in the service, manufacturing and tourist sector. 16% of the population are 75 years and over, illustrating how Crantock is also a desirable location for many retirees.

Nearby schools

Though there are no schools in Crantock, Newquay is home to a number of exceptional institutes. The Bishops CofE Primary School currently has 250 pupils on its roll from the ages of 3 to 11. When Ofsted last reviewed it in 2013 they awarded the institute a rating of ‘Good’ and praised the school’s effort at providing adequate support for pupil progression and development as well as the extraordinary achievements of students in maths, reading and writing.

If, however, you don’t wish to send your children to a school with a religious charter, the St Columb Minor Academy may be more fitting. This institute teaches pupils from the age of 5 to 11 and also received a rating of ‘Good’ from Ofsted back in early 2015 – who further praised the standard of teaching, especially at Key Stage 2.

At the secondary level, Treviglas Community College is a popular choice with locals. Teaching secondary and post 16 education, the institute consistently boasts excellent pupil achievements (60% achieved 5 A* -C GCSEs) and an environment that fosters pupil development.

Another option is Newquay Tretherras. This secondary institute also focuses on secondary and post 16 education and does so rather well, as Ofsted branded them as ‘Good’ on their last inspection in 2013. They also noted how students were well supported and opportunities for extracurricular activity were excellent.

Getting around

As Crantock is situated minutes away from the lively hub of Newquay, the transport network is more than adequate. The village sits near the A3075, A392 and A30 so motorists can access the village and the surrounding areas with ease.

The number 85 First bus service takes residents from Newquay to Truro – passing through Crantock on the way – though journey times are convenient, it only runs from Monday to Saturday. If you wish to have more flexibility, you can catch a bus into Newquay and from there catch more frequent and timely services to areas in the region.

The nearest train station is also situated in Newquay and operates intercity and local services. London Paddington can be reached in under 6 hours and Exeter in around 3, whereas the city of Truro – the only city in Cornwall – takes just under 2 hours. Newquay is also home to Newquay Airport, which offers domestic travel and in 2016, international travel to Alicante and Frankfurt will be possible.

Local shops

This peaceful village is home to two quaint pubs – The Old Albion Inn and The Cornishman – a greengrocer, a florist and bakeries selling Cornish pasties and other local delights. One pit stop that’s highly recommended by locals and visitors alike is the charming Cosy Nook Tea Gardens, which serves tasty suppers and refreshing brews.

For more choice, Newquay is a short drive up the road and is home to the much loved High Street wonders!

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.