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Eastern Beaches - Newquay - Cornwall

The eastern beaches are a bit out of town, within easy reach of surrounding camp sites.

Lusty Glaze Beach

A small beach about 1 1/2 miles from the town centre. It can be reached either down some very steep steps or along the sand from Tolcarne at low tide. It consists a small cove, a cafe and a few beach huts. Again like Tolcarne it is backed by very huge, steep cliffs. It is a quiet beach away from the crowds of the larger beaches closer to the town centre. It's excellent for those who want to get away from it all without the need to travel too far.

It is a small cove which only breaks at low tide and needs a very big ground swell to work. A short, fast ride popular with boogie boarders requires a S.E. to N.E. wind to be offshore.

Porth Island & Beach

If you want to get further out of the town to see spectacular scenery then Porth Island is worth a visit. Porth Island was an Iron Age fortified settlement. It also formed part of a Bronze Age burial ground much later.

A spectacular feature at mid tide, especially on windy days, is the blow hole at the end of the island. The pressure from the sea below coming up through a tight space causes salt water to be launched into the air. You can see it from various viewpoints along Lusty Glaze and actually from the island itself. Porth has a pub, cafe and mini-market directly facing the beach.


Sheltered spot the other side of Porth headland. Steps run down to a sandy cove. The beach is completely submerged at high tide. Holds up to 8ft surf and works up to 3/4 tide with left and right handers on each side of the beach. Worth a visit when the Newquay beaches are busy.

Watergate Bay

This open bay always picks up any swell that's around, due to it being at the same angle to the Atlantic as Fistral. On many occasions it can offer cleaner surf than Fistral. At low tide the beach runs for more that 2 miles from Trevelgue Head to Griffin's Point

It holds a big swell with nice long walls when the banks are good. S.E. wind is best. Works all the way from low to high tide. Look out for banks at the Northern end of the beach which form around small rocks.

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