Great Western Beach
The beach is popular with both families and surfers and although it is close to the heart of Newquay it is still one of the quieter beaches. There are rock pools to explore for the kids and you can walk to all the neighbouring beaches at low tide. It is also popular with beginner surfers.
High cliffs tower over the beach giving some protection from the worst winds, but also cast a shadow later in the afternoon so it is not always the best place for sunbathing.
The beach got its name from the Great Western Railway which ran a very popular service to Newquay between 1876 and 1960 putting it on the map as a tourist destination - they also built the Great Western Hotel up on the cliffs, immediately opposite the railway station.
Type of beach
No lifeguard cover
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year
OS grid ref.
SW 8187 6213
Toilets, cafes, deck chair hire, surfboard hire and lifeguard cover during the summer months, disabled access
There are two car parks on either side of the Railway station