Great Western Beach, Newquay

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Great Western beach is one of four beaches in Newquay, Cornwall (the others being Lusty Glaze, Tolcarne, and Towan beach), which combine at low tide to form a glorious mile-long stretch of sands. Great Western is a sheltered, north-west-facing beach.


Great Western Beach, Newquay

Great Western is a beach popular with both surfers and families alike, with caves in the surrounding cliffs and rock pools to explore at low tide. It is situated between Towan and Tolcarne beaches on the north Cornwall coast.

Self catering holiday accommodation in this area of Cornwall is provided by Newquay holiday cottages. Accommodation nearby is available in surrounding towns such as Porth and Watergate Bay.

Access to the beach is via a steep cliff-top path or from the other beaches at low tides. There is disabled access to the beach via a private lift from the Great Western Hotel. Facilities include cafes, toilets and surfing equipment hire. The Reef Surf Centre, which provides surfing tuition and hire, is located on the beach.

A short walk from Newquay town centre, Great Western is the nearest beach to Newquay Railway Station, where car parking is available. Lifeguards patrol the beach from May to September.


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  1. Meaning to welcome family in Hawaiian, we aim to make your time spent here as enjoyable as possible. If you have an hour or two to spare then come chill out have a speciality coffee or some fresh and healthy food in a chilled and friendly environment. Our Cliff Top Terrace is a real sun trap and has stunning views over Newquay Bay.

  2. We run 7 days of the week, 12 months of the year, and whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced surfer wishing to improve High Five Surf School has a lot to offer you. Here at High Five Surf School we have a real hands-on approach to teaching that is both fun and very rewarding for student and instructor. This is confirmed by the many students that return to us time and again.

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