The beach at Watergate Bay is just north of Newquay. The fine expanse of soft, golden sand stretches for over 2 miles, accentuated by steep gorse-covered cliffs with caves. It is a brilliant place to pack a picnic for a bucket and spade day, but there are fabulous places to eat nearby, too.
The beach is in a bay set between the picturesque cliffs of Trevelgue Head to the south and Stem Point in the north, so the coast path is a natural attraction for those who prefer exploring to sunbathing.
However, if a walk on the beach itself is irresistible, this one is beautiful and the sweep of the bay from the clifftops is photogenic. The sand is smooth at low tide, with azure waters when the sky is blue. With rock pools to explore, there is also plenty of space for dog walkers.
The surfing potential is obvious, with the enormous waves and Atlantic swell. It can be a tad breezy so is an excellent place for kite-surfing, too. Beach huggers may want to take a windbreak.
Super-reassuringly, the beach is a European Designated beach and has achieved the highest standard for UK bathing water, so you can paddle or swim to your heart’s delight. RNLI lifeguard cover is an added bonus during the summer.
Watergate Bay is far enough from Newquay to feel more secluded but without a long drive. Get a taste of it here. There are two car parks and plenty of access points down to the beach.