Great Western Beach

Great Western beach, Newquay, Cornwall

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  • 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.

    Dogs allowed.

    Great Western Beach allows dogs. Great Western Beach allows dogs.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 12 beaches around Newquay, 205 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

  • Great Western Beach Weather Forecast

    Light rain throughout the week, with temperatures rising to 20°C on Tuesday.

    Today's Forecast
     Drizzle in the evening.
     
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       8%  44%   16 mph
      6:16 am    8:34 pm
    Sunday, Aug 20th
     Light rain throughout the day.
     
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       24%  78%   10 mph
      6:17 am    8:32 pm

    Monday, Aug 21st
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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       2%  90%   7 mph
      6:19 am    8:30 pm
    Tuesday, Aug 22nd
     Partly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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       1%  54%   8 mph
      6:21 am    8:28 pm

    Wednesday, Aug 23rd
     Partly cloudy until afternoon.
     
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       1%  37%   8 mph
      6:22 am    8:26 pm
    Thursday, Aug 24th
     Mostly cloudy starting in the evening.
     
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    18
       3%  31%   10 mph
      6:24 am    8:24 pm

    Friday, Aug 25th
     Light rain starting in the evening.
     
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    18
       37%  88%   11 mph
      6:25 am    8:22 pm
    Saturday, Aug 26th
     Light rain until afternoon.
     
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       46%  28%   8 mph
      6:27 am    8:20 pm

  • Great Western Beach Tide Times

     

  • Great Western Beach Water quality

    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.
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