The Gannel estuary in North Cornwall is a tidal river that separates Crantock from Pentire Point East and the town of Newquay. Our foraging tour by the banks of The River Gannel is one of the longest and most intensive walks we offer. This is due to the fact we walk through five different habits that are rich in biodiversity. Past guests have commented saying how amazed they were by the huge variety of wild foods and spices we have on our doorstep. We start first with coastal foraging and then make our way past hedgerows, through a meadow and a woodland and then down to the mudflats of The Gannel. On route we will gather a variety of wild foods, whilst Matt teaches you how to identify them, drawing on his chef background he will also share with you a huge variety of recipes that can be made at home. We finish with a cook up over fire with beautiful views of the river.
Meet in Crantock Beach Car Park. It is a National Trust car park so it is free if you are members, but best to arrive early in peak season as it gets busy. If not there is another private car park up the hill.
We meet at the furthest end of the NT car park, at the bottom of the sand dunes, close to the wetsuit hire shack. This is near the entrance to the beach on the right hand side. I will probably be the only one carrying a basket!
From Newquay take the A3075 towards Goonhavern. Take right turn following local signage. Parking: Car park adjacent to beach (height restriction barrier - 2.1m - when unmanned). The car park is pay-and-display when unmanned and if you're not a member. Barrier open every day from 9am-5pm until October 29, 2017 (8am-6pm during peak summer holidays). Treago Mill for Polly Joke Beach (also known as Porth Joke).