Surfing Beaches, punctuated by craggy headlands, sweep northwards from Perranporth to way beyond Newquay. We were totally gobsmacked to find such beautiful sandy beaches in England and even Vlou, the travelling Beagle, was incredibly happy to run around on the beach with other dogs as much as he liked.
Dramatic waves, driven by stiff westerly winds, thunder ashore and send their salty spray far inland. Around the corner bays and inlets allow gentle streams to tumble down from the inland hills. The booming surf is here just a whisper around the shore.
Newquay is Cornwall’s biggest resort and Britain’s foremost surfing centre.It’s beaches face in every direction other than east, offering shelter on blustery days. Towan Beach, Great Western Beach, Tolcarne Beach and Lusty Glaze are washed by the waters of Newquay Bay and can be reached by steps or ramps cut into the cliffs. By contrast, Fistral Beach faces due west and is backed by low dunes which lead to a golf course.
Low-tide sands fringe the River Gannel’s estuary on the town’s southern outskirts. Another playground for surfers with Malibu boards.
A Little Bit Of History
Newquay grew up around a ‘new quay’ whose building was sanctioned by the Bishop of Exeter in 1439. Fishing and smuggling became important sources of income, but local ships also traded with ports as far afield as North America.
Sandy Haven, Newquay’s old harbour, is still used by small craft, dries out at low tide, leaving a sandy beach for sheltered bathing.
Gigs powered by teams of oarsmen raced out to pilot vessels safely into the harbour – and gig races held during the summer months still rank high among Newquay’s many holiday attractions.
Another link with the past is provided by the small, quaint, whitewashed Huer’s House which stands on a cliff above the harbour. In the 18th and 19th centuries, when the sea often seethed with immense shoals of pilchards, a lookout was posted to keep watch for the fish and to guide boats to them by shouting instructions through a horn 1yd long.
One memorable catch in the 1860s is said to have been worth £20’000 – a fortune in those days – and there were enough fish to load 1’000 carts.
The arrival of the railway in 1875 was the most important event in Newquay’s history. Although built to carry minerals and clay to the thriving harbour, the line also brought the town within easy reach of Victorian travellers at a time when seaside holidays were becoming increasingly popular.
Here you find detailed descriptions with allowed activities and dog-friendliness of the beaches around Newquay.
Places To See Inland
For once we didn’t choose a holiday home or enjoyed free accommodation in a house sit but stayed in a dog-friendly hotel. MOR Lodge offers good value for money. The Employees were very friendly and, the breakfast was great! We were offered an upgrade to a room with sea view without asking as there was availability. Very kind, thank you!
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