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Fistral beach, Cornwall

Fistral Beach, Newquay is probably the best known beach in Cornwall and is world renowned in surfing circles as probably the best surfing beach in the UK.

Situated on the western edge of the North Cornwall town of Newquay, Fistral Beach is a northwest facing sandy beach sheltered between the headlands of (East) Pentire and Towan Head. Its location is perfect for catching Atlantic swells and the break from the Cribbar reef is often big and exciting for dedicated surfers.

Cribbar is an anglicised form of the Cornish language word kribow meaning Reefs. it is also known as the Widow Maker, and lies off Towan Head.

The Cribbar is best known for creating annual big waves, popular with experienced big wave surfers from across the world. Wave faces can be in excess of 30 ft (9.1 m).

The Zorba is a reef 2 miles (3.2 km) further off the coast and can create even higher waves.

According to local folklore, the Cribbar was first surfed in 1966 by Ric Friar and Australians Pete Russell and Johnny McElroy as well as American Jack Lydgate.


 Flora and Fauna

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Dogs permitted

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

 Lifeguard in summer


 Good Surfing



OS Explorer Map 104: Redruth & St Agnes

OS Explorer Map 104: Redruth & St Agnes

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

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Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Newquay, Holywell Bay, Watergate Bay and Perranporth.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:




arrowSt Columb Major



Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowWatergate Bay

	arrowSt Columb Major




Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Newquay, Perranporth, Padstow and Truro.

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