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Watergate Bay Beach

Newquay, Cornwall

Watergate Bay is a long privately owned North West facing beach, about 3 miles from Newquay. Large open bay at bottom of steep cliffs, frequently picking up Atlantic swells and therefore highly popular with surfers.

Beach Type



Beach shop
Disabled access to the beach and deck-chair hire


A good beach for surfing and swimming

Nature and Wildlife

This long stretch of beach is on the coast path. At low-tide it is possible to walk all the way down to Newquay.

Water Quality





Dogs allowed all year.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Newquay TIC. Municipal Bldgs Marcus Hill. Tel: 01637 854020. Fax: 01637 854030. Email


Nearest town: Newquay
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.4436, -5.04117
Postcode: TR8 4AA
(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.


Three miles north of Newquay towards Padstow.

Public Transport

Newquay has a train station. Bus route 556

Nearest Railway Stations

Newquay (Approx. 3 miles away)
Quintrell Downs (Approx. 3 miles away)
St Columb Road (Approx. 5 miles away)
Roche (Approx. 9 miles away)

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


Parking available.

Nearby Car Parks

Tregurrian Hill, Newquay (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Watergate Bay, Newquay (Long stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Mawgan Porth Beach, Mawgan Porth (Unknown stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Porth Beach, Newquay (Long stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Newquay Airport, Newquay (Long stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Lusty Glaze, Newquay (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Albany Road, Newquay (Short stay).
About 2.4 miles away
Newquay Station, Newquay (Unknown stay).
About 2.5 miles away
Oakleigh Terrace, Newquay (Unknown stay).
About 2.5 miles away
Trenance, Newquay (Long stay).
About 2.6 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Newquay