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 14 beaches around Newquay, 218 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

    Mixed precipitation today through Sunday, with temperatures rising to 11°C on Thursday.

    Today's Forecast
     Breezy in the morning and partly cloudy until evening.
       26%  54%   21 mph
      6:26 am    6:32 pm
    Tuesday, Mar 20th
     Partly cloudy in the morning.
       10%  20%   12 mph
      6:24 am    6:33 pm

    Wednesday, Mar 21st
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       10%  67%   8 mph
      6:21 am    6:35 pm
    Thursday, Mar 22nd
     Overcast throughout the day.
       65%  97%   16 mph
      6:19 am    6:37 pm

    Friday, Mar 23rd
     Rain in the evening and breezy starting in the evening.
       69%  100%   10 mph
      6:17 am    6:38 pm
    Saturday, Mar 24th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and windy starting in the evening.
       36%  89%   15 mph
      6:15 am    6:40 pm

    Sunday, Mar 25th
     Partly cloudy until evening.
       63%  49%   9 mph
      7:13 am    7:41 pm
    Monday, Mar 26th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       49%  53%   12 mph
      7:10 am    7:43 pm

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