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Place Category: Beaches
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 allows dogs.
Great Western Beach 7-day Weather Forecast
Light rain tomorrow through Sunday, with temperatures bottoming out at 15°C on Thursday.Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.Today's Forecast
11->163% 36% 7 mph
7:03 am 7:27 pmRain until afternoon, starting again in the evening.Wednesday, Sep 20th
13->1660% 87% 18 mph
7:04 am 7:25 pmRain until afternoon.Thursday, Sep 21st
11->1558% 73% 8 mph
7:06 am 7:23 pmLight rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.Friday, Sep 22nd
11->1626% 65% 16 mph
7:07 am 7:20 pmLight rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.Saturday, Sep 23rd
13->1632% 90% 20 mph
7:09 am 7:18 pmDrizzle in the morning.Sunday, Sep 24th
13->1624% 97% 6 mph
7:10 am 7:16 pmOvercast throughout the day.Monday, Sep 25th
13->1517% 99% 13 mph
7:12 am 7:14 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Tuesday, Sep 26th
12->1619% 83% 6 mph
7:14 am 7:11 pm
Great Western Beach Tide Times
Great Western 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.
Photos from around the surrounding area