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View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path Dog friendly

Season: spring

The harbour at Newquay resonates with history, originally featuring a medieval quay and latterly a lighthouse on the end of the harbour wall, incorporated with its white washed finish between 1907 and 1932.  The Victorian harbour, in its present shape, was built by Richard Lomax in 1833 and completed by JT Treffry, a mining entrepreneur.  In his interview below, Newquay Harbour Master Graham Alecock-Smith explains the current initiative to reconstitute the benches and viewing area that you can see at the end of the harbour in the photo here, courtesy of Newquay Harbour.

Spring visit photo gallery


Harbour Master Graham Alecock-Smith explains the plans for Newquay Harbour.


A view of the harbour and its beach from the quay.

Season: autumn

I first filmed the harbour at Newquay from above, opposite the Red Lion pub.  You’re in the centre of town here, so facilities are all around you.   I also remember the seagulls being the biggest I’ve ever seen in Cornwall.  Newquay’s a fine town to visit.  This part of town was attractive, with the gig, lifeboats, fishing boats and beach all at hand.


With fisherman Kev Rogers on the harbour wall, including his concerns about the quota system.


It was very tranquil down on the waterline in Newquay harbour.


A view of Newquay harbour from above, opposite the Red Lion pub.

Season: summer

It was rain all the way for this summer re-visit.  The harbour looked fine at Newquay, though, with boats sheltering on a falling tide and a TV crew filming from the harbour entrance.  This is a locals’ beach and has quite an expanse of fine sand to play on, as well as the added value of the harbour’s bustle and the pleasure boats, plus the gig rowing club and the lifeboat station.  In short, it’s a child’s paradise.

Summer visit photo gallery


With Yvonne, at the harbour in Newquay.


Looking across, from the path on the far side of the harbour.

Season: winter

It was a cold, crisp morning for my winter return to Newquay harbour.  The sets of waves rolling in were clean and I saw a surfer catch a wave on my film.  The harbour was busy, with boats being repaired and maintained.  I spoke to two dog walking ladies, on the beach next to the harbour.


With Heidi and Louise, on the beach next to Newquay harbour.


The Atlantic surf rolls in to Towan beach, seen from the end of the harbour wall in Newquay.

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