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Newquay - Great Western Beach

Newquay, Cornwall

A beautiful sheltered sandy beach surrounded by high cliffs. The beach is fully tidal and completely covered at high tide. It is popular with surfers who want to avoid the heavy swells at Fistral beach. It is quieter than the neighbouring Towan beach.

Beach Type



Including facilities for disabled people
First aid post
Shops and a slipway


Great for swimming
Surfing and sea canoeing
Surf boards are available for hire and there is zoning for surfing during lifeguard hours

Nature and Wildlife

The Cornish Coastal Path runs through the town nearby and the St Piran cycle trail runs within a mile of the beach. There are some rock pools at the beach.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily from April to September. Litter bins provided and dogs are allowed but there are no dog bins on the beach.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Newquay Tourist Information Centre Marcus Hill Newquay TR7 1AF Tel: 01637 854020 Fax: 01637 854030 or OPENING TIMES: IN SEASON: Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm. OUT OF SEASON: Monday - Fri


Nearest town: Newquay
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.4157, -5.07599
Postcode: TR7 2NE
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Newquay, Cornwall at Explore Britain.


Follow signs in Newquay town centre. no vehicular access from the Cliff Road - access to the beach is by foot down a fairly steeply sloping road.

Public Transport

Newquay train station is 400m away and the bus station is 1 km away. Bus routes 501 (summer only), 510, 521, 527, 556, 585, 586, 587, 597

Nearest Railway Stations

Newquay (Less than half a mile away)
Quintrell Downs (Approx. 2 miles away)
St Columb Road (Approx. 6 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Car parking is available at the railway station. and at Albany pay and display car parks which are located 250m from Great Western Beach.

Nearby Car Parks

Newquay Station, Newquay (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Albany Road, Newquay (Short stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Oakleigh Terrace, Newquay (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Trenance, Newquay (Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
The Manor, Newquay (Short stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Fore Street, Newquay (Short stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Harbour, Newquay (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Mount Wise, Newquay (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
St Georges Road, Newquay (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Clevedon Road, Newquay (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Newquay