Low tide in Newquay is a sandy affair, and four of its finest golden beaches join to form one mile long stretch. Great Western Beach connects with Tolcarne, Lusty Glaze and Towan Beach and together they form a haven for surfers and families. Of the four, Great Western Beach is the closest to Newquay’s train station (which has a handy car park) and it’s often the quietest of the four.
Newquay has always appealed to visitors with something of an adventurous spirit, and the caves in the cliffs that shelter the beach make exciting places to explore. There are two ways to access the beach, you either need to wait for the tide to go out and walk to it from one of its neighbours or approach if from the cliff path (which can be steep). You’ll find a private lift located inside the Great Western Hotel which can be used by anyone who need disabled access.
The beach is a favourite with surfers as well as those who just want to enjoy the sand, and if you fancy giving it a go you’ll be able to sign up for equipment hire and tuition with The Reef Surf Centre which is located right on the sand. The waves here are kinder than the ones at other Newquay beaches such as Fistral so it’s a great place for beginners.
The high cliffs behind the beach are great for sheltering bathers from winds, but can also block the sun at times – so you may wish to bear this in mind if you like to sunbathe. Dogs are welcome all year round.