Great Western Beach near Newquay in Cornwall is a sheltered, sandy beach which disappears completely at high tide. Surrounded by cliffs, the beach is north west-facing onto the Atlantic. At low tide, it joins with Lusty Glaze, Tolcare and Towan beaches to provide a mile-long stretch of sand; at high tide access is via a steep cliff-top path.
The water quality has been judged excellent and the beach is Marine Conservation Society Recommended. It’s popular for swimming, surfing, kayaking and sea canoeing. Surfing lessons are available and there are also caves and rock pools to explore for children.