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Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

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Approached through Newquay town and on the western edge and flanked by the Pentire Headland and Newquay Headland.
Fistral beach has its own car park together with car parking availability on the approach road, this has the usual British pay & display metres (you have to also insert your car registration number into the pay & display machine). However, during high season it does get extremely busy and parking can be a problem. Toilets/café/surfing shop on the beach.

Fistral beach is almost a mile long and is a favourite for surfing competitions including the Rip Curl Championship, now a 5 star event.
Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months, there are separate areas for long board surfers and ordinary bathers, their advice is strongly recommended - currents can be extreme and the lifeguards are continually monitoring them.

Just to the north of Fistral beach flanked by the splendid Headland Hotel (one of the few remaining hotels that provide an excellent example of days gone by) is Little Fistral. A rocky little cove carved out of the Newquay Headland, Little Fistral is a favourite with the more experienced surfers when the conditions are suitable.

Just to the north of Little Fistral and off the point of Newquay Headland is 'The Cribber'. When conditions are right, usually in the winter, a reef can make the surf enormous, breaking into the headland with a thunderous roaring. Only the foolhardy or very experienced should even consider surfing here.

Summary:

Fistral Beach is regarded as the surfing capital of the UK and surfers congregate here all the year round. However the beach is suitable for all types of activities, the sand is of excellent quality backed by small dunes and is gently sloping right up to high tide when it does rise more steeply.
The beach is recommended, especially for those who enjoy surfing.