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Newquay isn’t called the coast of dreams for nothing! We can boast of 7 golden beaches, and several miles of coastline. There is nothing better to do on a sunny day than one of these walks.
Park – Fistral or Little Fistral Car Park
Walk north from Fistral beach car park, continue on the coast path, which goes past the Headland Hotel. Continue to walk up past little Fistral and past the former Lifeboat Station, now restored as an artist’s studio. Walk up to the old Coastguard lookout station, loop back and follow the signs to the Huer’s Hut. Huers were watchmen who scanned the sea for shoals, especially the once abundant pilchard. The Huer would shout Hevva! Hevva! Through his long trumpet when he spotted a shoal. Huers were very well-respected within the community and they were paid well. Follow the coast path and get a brilliant view of the harbour. You can walk back towards Fistral, through the golf links, or up Fore Street and Dane Road, turning left and then walking along Headland Road.
Park – Porth Beach Touring Park Car Park
Watergate is a bit outside of Newquay, but we think this still counts as a Newquay walk! The coast path starts off just by Whipsiderry, Newquay’s most secluded beach, from here you follow the coastal path to Watergate Bay – simple! Watergate is home to some good restaurants, including Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, along with the Extreme Academy for those who enjoy that adrenaline rush! Or you can just enjoy the stunning Watergate Bay, get the sand between your toes and relax… before you walk back via the coast path again.
Park – Porth Beach Car Park (on sand)
Start off at Porth beach and walk via the coast path into Newquay town centre. There are views across Porth beach and across Newquay Bay. You pass Lusty Glaze beach on the way, a sheltered beach in a horseshoe cove, and you will walk across the Barrowfields, which offers yet more beautiful blue sea views. To get back you can follow the same path back, or if the tide is out you can walk back via the beaches (remember to check tide times).
Park – Crantock Car Park, which is National Trust
Start at Crantock beach, a vast sandy beach just outside of Newquay with sand dunes. The beach was originally settled by Celtic monks whose chapel is thought to be buried beneath the dunes. The walk then follows the Coast Path through fields and woods to Penpol Creek. The walk descends to the sand and follows the estuary bed which is visited at low tide by wading birds. This walk should be timed to avoid high tide.