Fistral beach

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View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path Dog friendly RNLI lifeguard cover October half term, Easter weekend and July 6 - September 8 Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: summer

Dawn was breaking just behind the dunes for this summer re-visit.  The beach was in shadow but the hotels on East Pentire were brightly lit.  A high tide pushed early morning walkers up to the higher reaches of the beach and the car park was empty.  My interviewee Simon looked down on his favourite beach from the comfort of the gardens at The Headland Hotel, evoking dreams of times gone by and times to come.

Summer season photo gallery

 

Childhood memories and future family times for Simon.

 

Early morning, above Fistral beach in the summer.

Season: summer

The long spell of high pressure continued for this seasonal re-visit to Fistral beach in Newquay.  Crowds had flocked to this magnificent beach, to enjoy the ongoing fine summer.  Surfers, sunbathers and walkers mingled by the sea.  There are many facilities behind the beach and in the town beyond.  Fistral is often referred to as the surfing capital of Cornwall, but it’s also a wonderful place to paddle or swim, framed by Towan Head, East Pentire and the dunes behind the beach itself.  Highly recommended.

Summer visit photo gallery

 

The fun of the beach for Lindsey.

 

A summer day at Fistral beach.

Season: autumn

You may be tired and find yourself at Fistral beach, on a stormy morning like this.  It’s low tide.  You’re close to the wild waves and the apocalyptic sky, with the sand shining like glass.  You’re going to return home completely rejuvenated.  The energy in a North Cornwall beach on a stormy day lifts the soul.  It’s a chaotic harmony, odd and wonderful.  Fistral beach always has and always will attract thrill seekers, adventurous spirits who travel miles to immerse themselves in some of the best surf in these islands.  As a town beach in Newquay, there’s an exuberant side to Fistral and it hosts most of the national and international surfing legs that visit Cornwall. 

Autumn visit photo gallery

 

Kite surfer Andy at Fistral beach, about to commune with nature…

 

and here he is, among the waves.  He mentioned the Keep Britain Tidy beach cleans, on the last Saturday of every month, meeting at Bodhi’s cafe, at the west end of Fistral beach, well worth supporting if you’re down here.

 

The inspirational environment at Fistral beach, on a stormy morning.

Season: winter

The sun was slipping below East Pentire on arrival at Fistral beach in Newquay, for this winter afternoon re-visit.  The Headland Hotel still caught the sun, as did Towan Head and the white lookout post, over Little Fistral to the east.  On the beach, there was a sense of a Scottish gloaming, countered by the roaring surf of the ebb tide.  A big Atlantic storm was forecast, time to get home before dark and light the fire.

Winter visit photo gallery

 

All that the beach gives to Andy.

 

The scene by the water, on an ebb tide at Fistral beach, as a winter day draws to a close.

Season: spring

This early evening visit was a chance to see Fistral beach relatively empty, before the seasonal crowds arrived.  The tide was out and a few couples and dog walkers were pottering along the waterline.

 

Two sisters, with their thoughts on the appeal of the beach.

 

On the waterline at low tide, Fistral beach in Newquay.

Season: winter

I visited the magnificent Fistral beach during the Festive Season in December 2011, approaching from the parking at East Pentire, on the road above the western end of the beach.  You can also park at the town end in a Pay & Display car park, which has toilets, all facilities and shops.  The beach is renowned for its surfing waves and surf culture, so if you want to see it when it’s quiet, visit early in the morning or off-season.

 

A chat with Andy on his way back from a surf, with the majesty of the Atlantic breakers on Fistral beach behind.

 

A fine panorama at Fistral beach in Newquay, from above the western end of the beach.

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