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7 Must Visit Cornwall Beaches near Newquay

Step outside Lewinnick Lodge and you’ll be just a stone’s throw from our beautiful coast path, with panoramic ocean views to boot. But did you know we’re also just minutes away from seven gloriously sandy beaches, too? Cornwall is home to some beautiful beaches, so no trip to the county is complete without a visit to at least one of them.

From surfing and wild swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, to romantic evenings spent watching the sunset, each beach offers an entirely unique experience. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know. 

Fistral, Cornwall’s premier beach

Distance from Lodge: 0.8 miles
15-20 mins on foot | 5 mins by car | 14 mins by bus 

Renowned as one of the best surfing beaches in the UK, Fistral is Newquay’s most iconic stretch of sand… but waves aren’t all this beach has to offer. 

Located just minutes from the town centre, you’ll also find a myriad of bars and restaurants in the north corner. So, why not watch the sun go down with a refreshing cocktail and soak up the buzz at Fistral Beach Bar or grab yourself some fish and chips to eat in the dunes? It’s an experience you won’t forget.  

Or, if sand in your food has no appeal then come and dine at the Lewinnick Lodge. Our restaurant offers an brasserie style food with seasonal changes. Book your table today.

Little Fistral, the hidden gem

Distance from Lodge: 1.4 miles
29 mins on foot | 8 mins by car | 18 mins by bus 

Tucked beyond Fistral’s main beach, you’ll find Little Fistral. This soft-sand haven is often a lot quieter and emptier than other Newquay beaches, but is still within easy reach of Fistral’s public amenities, including bars, shops and toilets.  

Head here early in the morning for a solo dip as the sun comes up, before wandering back to the Lodge for brunch – a secret escape from the summer crowds. 

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Newquay Harbour beach, ideally located

Distance from Lodge: 1.7 miles
33 mins on foot | 7 mins by car | 18 mins by bus 

With its own small beach and clear, turquoise waters, you’ll find Newquay Harbour just feet from the bustling town centre. It’s the perfect place to start your SUP adventure (check out the nearby Newquay Activity Centre for equipment hire) and is well-known as a wild swimming spot. 

You’ll also easily find something to quench your thirst amid the many pubs and restaurants overlooking it or, alternatively, stick to the beach and visit The Boathouse, where you can indulge in decadent street food instead. 

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Towan, a Cornwall Beach for beginner surfers

Distance from Lodge: 1.8 miles
36 mins by foot | 8 mins by car | 17 mins by bus 

The most central of all Newquay’s beaches, Towan is one of the most popular spots for novice surfers, thanks to its calmer waters and smaller waves. Note the picturesque suspension bridge that connects the island to the main cliffs – the house there was once home to famous scientist Sir Oliver Lodge. 

Above the beach, you’ll also find the recently revamped Killacourt; a grassy slope that boasts stunning views over Towan and now features a selection of small artisan shops and cafes in wooden huts. 

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Tolcarne, perfect all day long

Distance from Lodge: 2.3 miles
46 mins by foot | 9 mins by car | 21 mins by bus 

If you’re heading to the other side of town, you might want to take the steps down to Tolcarne. A short walk from the town centre, this beach has numerous amenities, including a café, restaurant, shop and beach huts. The best part? Even at high tide here, there’s always a strip of stand to sink your toes into. 

Great Western, golden standard of Newquay Beaches

Distance from Lodge: 2.1 miles
43 mins by foot | 9 mins by car | 23 mins by bus 

Wander beyond Tolcarne and you’ll stumble across Great Western. Just a small triangle of golden sand at high tide, it’s best to go here at low when Towan, Tolcarne and Great Western join together to create one massive stretch of sand. 

Amazingly, this is the town’s only Blue Flag beach – the golden standard for the best and cleanest beaches in the world. It might be a steep walk down, but it’s definitely worth it! 

Lusty Glaze, secluded and intimate

Distance from Lodge: 2.9 miles
57 mins by foot | 12 mins by car | 28 mins by bus 

Leave the hustle and bustle of town behind and embrace that idyllic beach experience at Lusty Glaze. Located on the outskirts of town, this sheltered cove boasts warm soft sands, an intimate ocean bar and food venue and even the chance to embark a jet ski adventure while you’re there. 

Access to the beach is very steep, so brace yourself for the walk back up. 

Experience the best Cornwall Beaches when you stay at Lewinnick Lodge

After a long day of savouring the sand between your toes, slow things down at Lewinnick Lodge with our luxury hotel accommodation. The perfect way to unwind? A crisp white wine on our cliff-side terrace and a feast of our delicious local and seasonal dishes. 

Later, cosy up with your creature comforts and fall asleep to the sound of the crashing Atlantic below, before waking up to start your next saltwater adventure. Book your Cornish getaway today.

If you have any questions about Lewinnick Lodge, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and a member of our team will be more than happy to help you.

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