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Cornwall is renowned all over the world for its beautiful beaches, lovely warm climate, and fantastic sea for swimming, surfing, and more. Watergate Bay is situated only 3 miles away from Newquay and is one of Cornwall’s most beloved beaches. Thanks to the stunning scenery, luxurious beach, and suitability for sports of all kinds, Watergate Bay is the perfect place for a day out in the South West and a must-visit destination on any Cornish holiday.

Getting to Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is easily accessible through a short onward journey from Newquay station, which is serviced by CrossCountry. Newquay is a unique station, as it runs a shuttle service to and from the local Par station – which is accessible on a huge variety of CrossCountry services. Find your route to Par station from a range of CrossCountry stations, including Exeter, Penzance, Manchester, Newcastle, and Edinburgh.

Once you reach Par station, hop aboard one of the regular services to Newquay. From there, all you need to do is take a 16-minute bus ride to Watergate Bay.

About Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is a beach in Cornwall, near the seaside town of Newquay, with two miles of golden sand and fantastic waves. This beach has become famous particularly for the enormous Atlantic waves which facilitate surfing and kitesurfing, amongst other watersports. This beach is a lot of fun not only for surfers and swimmers but for the family pet too! Dogs are allowed at Watergate Bay all year round, making it a fantastic spot to visit on family days out and holidays.

The beach itself has been recognised as one of high quality, as it is a European Designated beach with the highest standard for UK bathing water. With RNLI lifeguards on duty from mid-May to the end of September, you can be sure to feel safe and protected as you get adventurous in the waves. Once you’ve finished your surf take a stroll along the idyllic beach or around Watergate Bay where you will find an array of luxury hotels and restaurants, as well as quaint cafes and coffee shops, to refresh and relax in.

Crashing blue waves with a surfer at the top of the wave, with a grey sky behind.

Things to Do at Watergate Bay

The ultimate way to spend your day at Watergate Bay is, of course, to surf! Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a complete novice, you’ll get a kick out of hitting the waves and feeling refreshed by the blue seawater. Watergate Bay hosts a variety of events, demos, championships, and lessons in surfing and other watersports, so you can really maximise your enjoyment of the beautiful waves.

If you’re feeling active, why not try hiking around Watergate Bay? With many hills and valleys to trek, the area surrounding the bay is an ideal location for a strenuous, active hike. Although it may be a difficult walk, it is also the perfect way to take in the stunning natural scenery and make the most of your visit to North Cornwall.

As well as the natural beauty, the bay is locally renowned for its incredible range of luxury restaurants and delightful eateries. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch before getting back into the sea, a dinner to remember, or cocktails to share with friends; there are plenty of options for having a relaxing evening with food and drinks to relish.

A dramatic orange sunset across Watergate Bay, with reflections in the water


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