Great Western beach, Newquay, Cornwall
  • About Us

    Great Western Beach Info

    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 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 13 beaches around Newquay, 205 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

  • Water Quality

    Great Western 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.
  • Tides
  • Weather

    Great Western Beach 7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain today through Wednesday, with temperatures rising to 12°C on Tuesday.

    Today's Forecast
     Windy until afternoon and light rain overnight.
       89%  78%   25 mph
      8:13 am    4:50 pm
    Friday, Jan 19th
     Windy until evening and rain overnight.
       92%  79%   22 mph
      8:12 am    4:51 pm

    Saturday, Jan 20th
     Rain in the morning and evening and windy starting in the evening.
       97%  98%   12 mph
      8:11 am    4:53 pm
    Sunday, Jan 21st
     Windy until afternoon and overcast throughout the day.
       87%  100%   22 mph
      8:10 am    4:54 pm

    Monday, Jan 22nd
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and windy until evening.
       60%  89%   19 mph
      8:09 am    4:56 pm
    Tuesday, Jan 23rd
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and windy starting in the evening.
       55%  75%   20 mph
      8:08 am    4:58 pm

    Wednesday, Jan 24th
     Dangerously windy in the morning and rain in the afternoon.
       82%  99%   20 mph
      8:07 am    4:59 pm
    Thursday, Jan 25th
     Windy and partly cloudy until afternoon.
       53%  39%   21 mph
      8:06 am    5:01 pm

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