Great Western Beach Guide and Information
Surfers: Newquay’s three north-facing town beaches – Tolcarne, Great Western and Towan join up at low tide to form a mile-long stretch of sand, at high tide they’re submerged. Always popular, and often crowded during the summer, despite the waves tending to close out. Best around mid-tide, with a light westerly cross-shore.
At high tide the beach is just a small area of sand. The best time to visit is at low tide when it joins with Towan and Lusty Glaze creating a vast expanse of sand. Access to the beach is a steep winding path close to the Great Western Hotel.
The beach is regarded as ideal for novice surfers.
Only 2 minutes walking from the town centre there is a cafe, Loos deckchairs, bodyboards and windbreaks are also available at this beach.
RNLI lifeguards during the season and dogs are allowed all year.
Check out the other beaches in Newquay on our Newquay Beaches guide.