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 is a Blue Flag Beach and has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.
Great Western Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.
7-day Weather Forecast
Light rain today and Monday, with high temperatures falling to 7°C on Thursday.Light rain in the morning.Today's Forecast
7->1091% 55% 6 mph
8:12 am 4:51 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Sunday, Jan 20th
7->856% 67% 13 mph
8:11 am 4:53 pmLight rain and windy starting in the evening.Monday, Jan 21st
4->865% 77% 4 mph
8:10 am 4:54 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day and windy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.Tuesday, Jan 22nd
5->782% 72% 24 mph
8:09 am 4:56 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day and windy starting in the afternoon.Wednesday, Jan 23rd
6->763% 62% 23 mph
8:08 am 4:58 pmWindy in the morning and mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.Thursday, Jan 24th
5->723% 41% 18 mph
8:07 am 4:59 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Friday, Jan 25th
5->779% 84% 10 mph
8:05 am 5:01 pmOvercast throughout the day.Saturday, Jan 26th
5->889% 96% 9 mph
8:04 am 5:03 pm
Beach Bathing Water QualityWater 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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