With so much attention being paid to Fistral Beach, the finest surfing location in UK and probably finest cold-water surfing destination in Europe, many seem to forget there are actually almost half a dozen other beaches in Newquay. Perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at some of the splendid beaches here (which truth be told, are preferred by locals)?
Crowned Beach of the Year 2017 by The Times, Lusty Glaze Beach is a small private beach located a short walk from Newquay central. Fenced inside a 200 feet cliff wall which gives the beach an amphitheatre like cove, Lusty Glaze Beach went into private ownership in 1929 when it was sold by the Crown to a group of local businessmen. However, it took almost 80 more years before the beach was redeveloped into a world class lifestyle locale by its current (and fifth) owners, Jeremy and Tracy Griffiths. Today, Lusty Glaze Beach, which The Times claims to have an “Aussie vibe”, boasts of year-round music events, weddings and product launches, as well as regular beach activities.
Despite its private status, Lusty Glaze is opened to the public when there are no exclusive events held. Other activities here include rock climbing, bungee jumping, water sports and informal football games. The facilities here include a restaurant, a child care, a beach shop and changing rooms.
Situated two miles north of Newquay’s town centre, Watergate Bay is a family-oriented two miles-long beach that attracts a lot of water sports fans, including wind surfers and kite surfers. There are also kayaks for hire here, as well as camping and caravan sites. The medium strength waves here, ranging from one and ten feet, also appeal to intermediate surfers. Facilities here include Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall restaurant, the Beach Hut Bistro, the Watergate Bay Hotel, changing rooms, a surf school and the Newquay Watersports Centre.
Tolcarne Beach is nestled inside a horseshoe-shaped cove ringed by a series of sharp cliffs. It’s a favourite with families holidaying on campers and caravans owing to the large rental site and easy availability of just about everything. The beach even rents out spades and buckets, along with wetsuits, surfboards, boogie boards, and sun lounges. You may face stiff competition for the limited number of luxury beach huts, but the barbeque pits, café and crazy mini golf course can help burn up entire days.
Not to be confused with the beach with the same exact name in nearby Falmouth (seriously, how hard is it to find a unique name for a beach?), Towan Beach is a popular destination for local families due to its close proximity to the town. The absence of steep cliff paths, unlike other beaches at Newquay, also makes it appealing to families with young children and senior citizens. Towan Beach also has a unique rock outcrop called Towan Island, accessible only from a suspension bridge, that was reportedly a favourite holiday destination of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes.
Other Newquay Beaches: Crantock Beach, Great Western Beach, Porth Beach, Harbour Beach, Holywell Bay Beach, Polzeath Beach and Whipsiderry Beach.