Great Western Beach

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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.

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

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 14 beaches around Newquay, 215 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

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  • 7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain today and Monday, with high temperatures falling to 7°C on Thursday.

    Today's Forecast
     Light rain in the morning.
       91%  55%   6 mph
      8:12 am    4:51 pm
    Sunday, Jan 20th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       56%  67%   13 mph
      8:11 am    4:53 pm

    Monday, Jan 21st
     Light rain and windy starting in the evening.
       65%  77%   4 mph
      8:10 am    4:54 pm
    Tuesday, Jan 22nd
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and windy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
       82%  72%   24 mph
      8:09 am    4:56 pm

    Wednesday, Jan 23rd
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and windy starting in the afternoon.
       63%  62%   23 mph
      8:08 am    4:58 pm
    Thursday, Jan 24th
     Windy in the morning and mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
       23%  41%   18 mph
      8:07 am    4:59 pm

    Friday, Jan 25th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       79%  84%   10 mph
      8:05 am    5:01 pm
    Saturday, Jan 26th
     Overcast throughout the day.
       89%  96%   9 mph
      8:04 am    5:03 pm

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  • Beach Bathing 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.
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