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Great Western Beach

Newquay’s Great Western beach is a popular family beach, comprising of several west facing sandy coves, backed by towering cliffs, sheltering it and providing early morning natural shade.

The beach is popular with both families and surfers and despite its close proximity to Newquay town centre, is quieter than some of the other Newquay beaches. It is also possible to walk to neighbouring beaches at low tide.

There is good disabled access and a private lift which descends through the cliffs from the Great Western Hotel.

The beach caters for all levels of surfing ability but is particular good for beginners as it is slightly more sheltered than other Newquay surfing beaches.

Toilets, cafes, showers, deck chair and windbreak rental, surfboard hire, surf schools and seasonal lifeguard cover (May – end of September). Parking is in Newquay Town centre some 5-10min walk away.

Great Western Beach has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Great Western Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.
Great Western Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 216 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Great Western Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Todaypartlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 7.2℃ to 8.1℃ with wind speed 5.5 m/sec (NW)
Tuesday, Jan 31cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 8.1℃ to 9.3℃ with wind speed 6.5 m/sec (WSW)
Wednesday, Feb 01cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 8.6℃ to 8.9℃ with wind speed 8.9 m/sec (WNW)
Thursday, Feb 02lightrain
Expect a temp in the range 9.3℃ to 9.8℃ with wind speed 8.6 m/sec (W)
Friday, Feb 03cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 8.7℃ to 9.3℃ with wind speed 5.5 m/sec (WSW)
Saturday, Feb 04cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 8.1℃ to 8.6℃ with wind speed 4.7 m/sec (SW)
Sunday, Feb 05lightrain
Expect a temp in the range 8.8℃ to 9.9℃ with wind speed 6.7 m/sec (WSW)

Newquay weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Great Western Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Great Western Beach is at NEWQUAY 0.35 km (0.22 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Mon 30 Jan
   Low Tide at 05:53 (Height 2.42m)
   High Tide at 11:55 (Height 5.49m)
   Low Tide at 18:30 (Height 2.51m)
Tue 31 Jan
   High Tide at 00:32 (Height 5.28m)
   Low Tide at 07:14 (Height 2.61m)
   High Tide at 13:10 (Height 5.32m)
   Low Tide at 19:48 (Height 2.57m)
Wed 01 Feb
   High Tide at 01:51 (Height 5.33m)
   Low Tide at 08:31 (Height 2.50m)
   High Tide at 14:25 (Height 5.42m)
   Low Tide at 20:55 (Height 2.37m)
Thu 02 Feb
   High Tide at 02:59 (Height 5.60m)
   Low Tide at 09:31 (Height 2.21m)
   High Tide at 15:26 (Height 5.68m)
   Low Tide at 21:47 (Height 2.07m)
Fri 03 Feb
   High Tide at 03:50 (Height 5.93m)
   Low Tide at 10:18 (Height 1.88m)
   High Tide at 16:11 (Height 5.96m)
   Low Tide at 22:29 (Height 1.76m)
Sat 04 Feb
   High Tide at 04:30 (Height 6.23m)
   Low Tide at 10:56 (Height 1.59m)
   High Tide at 16:49 (Height 6.20m)
   Low Tide at 23:05 (Height 1.49m)
Sun 05 Feb
   High Tide at 05:06 (Height 6.45m)
   Low Tide at 11:30 (Height 1.36m)
   High Tide at 17:24 (Height 6.38m)
   Low Tide at 23:37 (Height 1.29m)

Contains ADMIRALTY® tidal data: © Crown Copyright and database right.

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