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 is a Blue Flag Beach and has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.
Great Western Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.
- 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.
Our weather forecast for Newquay in Cornwall
Today (Monday, Jan 25)
Expect a temperature in the range 5.3℃ to 5.9℃ with a wind speed 3.9 m/sec (SW)
Tuesday, Jan 26
Expect a temperature in the range 6℃ to 7.2℃ with a wind speed 4.3 m/sec (S)
Wednesday, Jan 27
Expect a temperature in the range 9.7℃ to 10.2℃ with a wind speed 6.2 m/sec (W)
Thursday, Jan 28
Expect a temperature in the range 10.8℃ to 11.4℃ with a wind speed 7.5 m/sec (SW)
Friday, Jan 29
Expect a temperature in the range 8.8℃ to 9.7℃ with a wind speed 13.1 m/sec (WSW)
Saturday, Jan 30
Expect a temperature in the range 3.1℃ to 6.2℃ with a wind speed 11 m/sec (E)
Sunday, Jan 31
Expect a temperature in the range 1.8℃ to 4.3℃ with a wind speed 0.9 m/sec (ENE)
Weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK
Our tide forecast for Great Western Beach in Cornwall.
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