Great Western Newquay ©Ian Woolcock Shutterstock
Beach with Cafe
Named after Great Western Railway which ran a very popular service to Newquay between 1876 and 1960, this centrally-located beach is a privately-managed but is open to all.
Lifeguarded from May until September, Great Western is a west-facing beach, at low tide beachgoers can enjoy rock pools and caves in the surrounding cliffs. The sandy stretch is a popular choice with both families, surfers, and dog owners as it’s dog-friendly all year round. Quieter than nearby Fistral or Watergate Bay, it is recommended for those new to the surfing scene, in fact it’s Great Western Beach that first put Newquay on the map for its surfing credentials.
To reach Great Western there’s a moderately steep path, or at low tide it’s a lovely stroll from its neighbouring beaches Towan or Tolcarne.
While there’s no car park at Great Western (see here for car parks nearby) there are public toilets open during the summer and a handy Surf Café right on the beach.