Great Western Beach

Great Western beach, Newquay, Cornwall

Place Category: Beaches

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  • 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.

    Dogs allowed.

    Great Western Beach allows dogs. Great Western Beach allows dogs.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 12 beaches around Newquay, 205 beaches in Cornwall, or check our Dog Friendly Beaches.

  • Great Western Beach Weather Forecast

    Light rain tomorrow through Thursday, with temperatures falling to 17°C on Wednesday.

    Today's Forecast
     Clear throughout the day.
       0%  6%   13 mph
      5:21 am    9:15 pm
    Friday, May 26th
     Light rain overnight.
       29%  12%   13 mph
      5:20 am    9:16 pm

    Saturday, May 27th
     Light rain in the morning.
       56%  77%   6 mph
      5:19 am    9:18 pm
    Sunday, May 28th
     Light rain starting in the evening.
       51%  77%   5 mph
      5:18 am    9:19 pm

    Monday, May 29th
     Light rain in the afternoon and evening.
       51%  74%   8 mph
      5:17 am    9:20 pm
    Tuesday, May 30th
     Drizzle in the morning.
       52%  51%   11 mph
      5:17 am    9:21 pm

    Wednesday, May 31st
     Clear throughout the day.
       2%  1%   5 mph
      5:16 am    9:22 pm
    Thursday, Jun 1st
     Drizzle in the morning.
       24%  14%   9 mph
      5:15 am    9:23 pm

  • Great Western Beach Tide Times


  • Great Western Beach Water quality

    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.
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