The Gannel

The River Gannel (Cornish: Dowr Gwyles) rises in the village of Indian Queens in mid Cornwall, It flows north under Trevemper Bridge and becomes a tidal estuary in between Newquay and Crantock.

 

A lovely walk along the river Gannel at high tide, whilst listening for the Gannel Crake.

The Gannel Crake


This name is given to a terrible sound heard on the Gannel at different times of the day and the night. Some say it is the call of a vixen or perhaps an unusual bird while others say it is the cry of ” a tortured human soul “. A man who heard it in the 1800’s said ” it was like nothing on earth, like a thousand voices pent up in misery, with one long wail dying away in the distance” .

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