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 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 at Newquay, 216 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Great Western Beach 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.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 3.4℃ to 4.5℃ with wind speed 6.2 m/sec (ENE)
Tuesday, Dec 06cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 6.3℃ to 6.9℃ with wind speed 6.2 m/sec (ENE)
Wednesday, Dec 07fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 2.2℃ to 3.5℃ with wind speed 4.9 m/sec (ENE)
Thursday, Dec 08cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 1.5℃ to 3℃ with wind speed 2.1 m/sec (ESE)
Friday, Dec 09cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 3.1℃ to 4.3℃ with wind speed 0.4 m/sec (E)
Saturday, Dec 10lightrainshowers_night
Expect a temp in the range 2.8℃ to 4.6℃ with wind speed 2.2 m/sec (NNW)
Sunday, Dec 11rainshowers_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.2℃ to 6.7℃ with wind speed 5.9 m/sec (WNW)

Newquay weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Great Western Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Great Western Beach is at NEWQUAY 0.35 km (0.22 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Mon 05 Dec
   High Tide at 02:55 (Height 6.28m)
   Low Tide at 09:22 (Height 1.60m)
   High Tide at 15:15 (Height 6.52m)
   Low Tide at 21:43 (Height 1.44m)
Tue 06 Dec
   High Tide at 03:38 (Height 6.48m)
   Low Tide at 10:04 (Height 1.46m)
   High Tide at 15:58 (Height 6.61m)
   Low Tide at 22:21 (Height 1.36m)
Wed 07 Dec
   High Tide at 04:17 (Height 6.61m)
   Low Tide at 10:42 (Height 1.39m)
   High Tide at 16:37 (Height 6.65m)
   Low Tide at 22:56 (Height 1.34m)
Thu 08 Dec
   High Tide at 04:53 (Height 6.69m)
   Low Tide at 11:17 (Height 1.38m)
   High Tide at 17:13 (Height 6.64m)
   Low Tide at 23:30 (Height 1.36m)
Fri 09 Dec
   High Tide at 05:28 (Height 6.70m)
   Low Tide at 11:51 (Height 1.42m)
   High Tide at 17:48 (Height 6.57m)
Sat 10 Dec
   Low Tide at 00:03 (Height 1.44m)
   High Tide at 06:02 (Height 6.66m)
   Low Tide at 12:26 (Height 1.52m)
   High Tide at 18:22 (Height 6.46m)
Sun 11 Dec
   Low Tide at 00:37 (Height 1.58m)
   High Tide at 06:37 (Height 6.55m)
   Low Tide at 13:01 (Height 1.68m)
   High Tide at 18:57 (Height 6.30m)

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