Newquay is often regarded as the ‘home of British surfing’, and it’s no surprise why. As the location of one of the UK’s biggest waves (the Cribbar), it’s sealed itself on the map as a bucket-list surf spot for surfers around the world.
But did you know it’s also the perfect spot for beginners, not just experienced surfers? Fistral Beach boasts long sandy shores and perfect beach breaks throughout the year that can cater to all levels, making this the ideal place to get your toes wet and try something totally new.
Does the thought of exploring caves and discovering one of Cornwall’s oldest, almost-forgotten secrets get your heart thumping? Then make sure to slip in a visit to the Holy Well at Holywell Bay on your visit!
A natural spring, the Holy Well (which is thought to inspire the bay’s name) can be found at the back of St Cuthbert’s Cave on this jaw-dropping beach. However, in recent decades, it has often been overlooked by locals and tourists alike.
Accessed at low tide from the north east end of the beach, it once drew thousands from around the world to discover its supposed healing powers. Today, it’s undoubtedly worth a visit just to see the beautiful mineral colours dripping down the walls and over the naturally-formed, milky-yellow calcareous basins.
Coast pathing exploring at Polly Joke
Just beyond the sandy dunes of Crantock Beach (south of Fistral), you’ll find Polly Joke. A hidden gem from the holiday crowds, this narrow cove requires a 15-minute walk from the car park to get to it, but is well worth the stroll.
From the car park, just follow the coast path south and down a steep incline of steps to a bridge at the top of the beach. Here, you’ll discover a quaint, sandy cove that, at low tide, offers the chance to explore a wealth of little caves and rock pools.
In late spring, enjoy the picture-perfect poppies flourishing along the cliffs in a stunning show of reds and oranges. In summer, gaze at turquoise waters from the cliff-tops, or take a moment to refresh your soul in the cool waves.
Unlike the Newquay town beaches, this quiet spot offers no cafes or commercialisation, so is perfect for the avid coast path explorer.
Small is beautiful at The Japanese Garden
Explore an oasis of tranquillity at The Japanese Garden, just a short drive from Newquay. Set in one acre at its site in St Mawgan, this authentic Japanese garden design is a haven in an idyllic Cornish setting.
Open from March – November each year, the garden offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and has been built as a meditative space for all who hope to reconnect with the mind and soul.
From the bridge, watch koi carp swim beneath your feet or enjoy tea on the terrace. Meander time away down winding paths and through water and zen gardens – a reminder that small can also be beautiful.
An ocean escape at Lewinnick Lodge
If you’re looking for the perfect Newquay hotel to make your base for your next Cornish adventure, Lewinnick Lodge could be the dreamy escape to the coast you’ve been waiting for.
Make the most of Newquay’s surfing opportunities and experience true Cornish countryside just steps from our door, then recharge in the evenings on our ocean-facing terrace as the sun sets into the sea.
Enjoy fine-dining with a menu inspired by the land and sea around us, curated using only the best local and seasonal ingredients. Our boutique hotel is a sanctuary for rest and relaxation, just minutes from the bustle of Newquay and all the diversions it has to offer.