Things to do in Newquay, Cornwall

Newquay... the perfect location on the Cornwall Coast

There's no better place to live and enjoy a stress free retirement than in Cornwall. It's the dream location that offers a relaxing and healthy lifestyle by Cornwall's desirable town of Newquay.

  • Close to the Cornwall Coast
  • Beautiful scenery
  • A relaxed pace of live
  • Choice of bars and Restaurants just on the doorstep

So Close to the Coast

Oh, we do love to be beside the seaside!

As an island nation we have an overwhelming number of coastal towns, all with their own personality.

If you have dreamt of living by the sea, Fir Hill Luxury Residential Park is walking distance of the sea, whether a summer stroll takes your fancy, or a bracing walk in the bracing wind, keeping active in your retirement is extremely beneficial. For those not as active as others, not a lot beats just sitting by the sea watching the world go by for a relaxing way of life.

Fir Hill Luxury Residential Park is a mere 6 minutes journey to the beautiful Porth Beach.

Porth Beach just 6 minutes away

Porth beach is well maintained and clean and wonderfully safe. Parking is available on the beach.

Small shops and cafes are close by for everyday beach visits, plus the wonderful Mermaid Inn on the beach front for snacks or a meal at the end of the day. Good quality food, clean, friendly, relaxed, a great venue - and then watch that beautiful sunset.

Watergate Bay Beach

Discover the incredible Watergate Bay beach in Cornwall, a wonderful slice of the Cornish coast. With 2 miles of golden sand, there’s plenty of space for long walks with the dog!

The thing that makes Watergate beach so spectacular is the enormous waves that roll in, it’s truly a spectacular sight!

Treloy Golf Club

Treloy Golf Club is one of the best golf courses in Newquay and it brings the style and flair of American courses to Cornwall.

Our unique golf course seems to delight all golfers who play here.

We have built a renowned reputation with local golfers as well as those golfers holidaying in the region and looking for a round during their break.

We maintain our fairways to an extremely high standard. We have a total of 5 par fours and 4 par threes across the course and we ensure these are perfect for all our golfers. Providing a top golfing experience is high-up on our agenda. if you need to warm up and practice before your round, then visit our practice green.

This green will get you fully prepared for your round ahead. Treloy Golf Club is also home to Newquay Driving Range where we have 9 covered larger than standard bays. We think the best thing about our golf course is its surroundings of stunning Cornish countryside.

Small Towns and Villages

We are so lucky at Fir Hill Park to be surrounded by some of the most fantastic parts of the UK, for walks, beaches and more.

Local amenities, such as shops, cafes, butchers, bakers and restaurants can be found in St Column Minor under a mile away or the larger town of Newquay.

There are wonderful small Cornish villages all within 10 miles of the park and Padstow is only 13.4 miles away.

Fishing at Porth Reservoir

The Coarse fishing is open to everyone, with anglers casting for carp, pike, bream, roach, rudd, tench and eels. Wheelchair access fishing platforms are in place below the car park.

Find out more here.

Scenic walks in and around Newquay

  • Whipsiderry Beach
  • Watergate Bay
  • Crantock and the Gannel
  • Porth Reservoir
  • Bedruthan Steps
  • Holywell to Crantock
  • Newquay

Newquay is not just famous for its surf and beautiful beaches. It also has some fabulous, scenic walks to offer, no matter what time of the year. In Cornwall every season is celebrated with music, festivals and food and the chance to explore this beautiful piece of earth on foot. Wildflowers, wildlife and nature puts on a show to rival all of them.

Porth to Watergate Bay

This walk is perfect for showing you what the Atlantic truly offers, so brace yourself for caves, rock pools and ragged by majestic cliffs shaped by centuries of unforgiving surf.

Whipsiderry Beach

Whipsiderry Beach Walks Newquay

Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay Walk Newquay

Starting at Porth it’s a hike up the coastal path toward Watergate Bay (with your back to Newquay), walking this route takes in panoramic views of the stunning bays where you can see a myriad of seabirds and if you’re lucky some sea life as well. As you climb the incline you know there will be something magnificent to see and you won’t be disappointed as the vast vista of Watergate Bay comes into view with its three miles of golden sand. The view is truly breathtaking and perfect to spot wildlife of a different kind - the extreme sports fan. Here they meet in abundance to kite surf, surf and race land buggies.

As with all coastal walks, remember to check tide times.

Distance: approx. 3.5 miles

Crantock and the Gannel

Pull on those waterproof boots, we’re off to the boating lake for our next walk. If you manage to pry yourself away from the lovely Fern Pit cafe, you’ll find the entrance to the coastal path on the edge of the Gannel.

Here it is important to check tide times as your path is only revealed at low tide. Follow the bridge across the wide expanse of the Gannel that flows out to the Atlantic.

Occasionally you‘ll find the odd fishing boat taking shelter, but this area is usually more frequented by sea birds, ponies and dog walkers.

Newquay Walks Gannel

Taking the clear path, you’ll wind your way through reeds, mudflats and dunes to the stunning village of Crantock, its popular beach a hit with young families due to its abundant pools and golden sands.

The village is home to two pubs for a well-earned tipple or why not treat yourself to a cream tea in one of the many tea rooms.

Distance: 4.5 miles

Porth Reservoir

Away from the windswept coast and further in land you’ll find the beautiful circular walk of Porth Reservoir.

The former estate of Nanswhyden House and Fir Hill Manor, the area is now a wildlife reserve offering the chance to glimpse deer, fox and rabbits. Starting at the edge of the reservoir the trail passes bird hides on the woodland path which once was the grand entrance to the estate.

The walk itself takes you past the ruins of the houses as it takes you past a ford at Trengove and onto the pretty hamlet of Colan and its church.

Porth Reservoir

Porth Reservoir

The walk takes in views over the water, past hosts of wildlife and wildflowers (and an exceptional display of bluebells in Spring). It’s an easy going, but long walk, so sturdy shoes are a must. Parking can be found at the reservoir entrance.

Distance 5.2 miles

Bedruthan Steps

Much like many of our coastal walk offerings its best that you are familiar with tide times. On this occasion, it won’t just lead to soggy feet.

This short walk at Bedruthan Steps offers a delight for the senses with crisp and salty sea breezes, heart pounding exercise and a feast for the eyes with some of the most breathtaking sights in the area.

Owned and managed by the National Trust you can start this walk from Carnewas car park. You’ll find a winding path that offers you the best of the wild Atlantic, its birds and wildlife.

Newquay Walks Bedruthan Steps

Here Volcanic rocks rise from the sand and towering cliffs dwarf the golden sands. Take the steps down to the beach to explore the myriad of hidden coves revealed at low tide.

Distance: 0.7 miles

Holywell to Crantock

If you’re looking for a walk of pretty views, pretty coves and wildlife, then the stroll from Holywell Bay to Crantock is the one for you.

The walk is a circular footpath that leads from the headland of Holywell Bay (one of our ‘famous on film’ beaches - think Poldark) and meanders along the coast past Porth Joke on to the wide golden sands of Crantock.

During the summer months the return journey takes you through breathtaking fields of poppies before taking you back through Cubert Common.

Crantock Newquay

Its nature conservation area is dappled with flowers such as primrose, cowslips and yellow flag iris. Along with the dunes, it forms part of the Penhale Sands an important area for wildlife.

Part of the route take you pass the Bowgie Inn - a great stop for refreshments or a quick bite to eat.

Distance: 4.7 miles


If you thought Newquay town was just for shopping, it’s time to think again…

Why not take a walk around the world-famous home of surfing and discover some of its past history as a busting harbour?

Newquay Harbour

Newquay Harbour

Fistral Beach Newquay

Starting from the harbour and on to pass the aquarium, it’s a steep hike up to the Huer’s Hut - once again more marvellous views await you. On a cold day views of the rugged coast, and when the sun shines the kaleidoscope of colours as windbreaks and umbrellas dot the horizon. Back along the cliff you past Towan Head, the legendary Fistral beach and back along to Pentire Point - the calm oasis in Newquay’s busy ocean.

Round the headland you start heading back along the beautiful Gannel - lush trees and tropical gardens hug the cliffs down to the estuary. Finally, it’s a stroll through the wonderful Trenance Gardens and boating lake beneath the towering viaduct - the Victorian built line that founded Newquay’s love affair with tourism. You’ll find refreshments dotted along this route, so great for that leisurely stroll.

Distance: 5.8 miles

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