Lusty Glaze Beach is a privately owned beach on the eastern end of the five main beaches that make up the coast of Newquay on the North Cornwall coast.
A funnel-shaped beach that grows dramatically at low water, Lusty Glaze faces northwest and is backed by 150 foot high cliffs. To the southwest lies Tolcarne Beach whilst over the headland in the northeast lies (St. Columb) Porth Beach and Trevelgue Head.
The beach itself consists of pale golden sand and stretches from the small headland and rocks at the 'Criggars', below Barrowfields in the southwest to the headland above Wine Cove in the northeast.
Access to the beach is down a flight of of 368 steps, making Lusty Glaze not viable for those with pushchairs or the less mobile. It is possible to walk around from Tolcarne Beach and in the other direction from Porth at low spring tides; but care must always be taken to know the exact state of the tide to avoid being cut off.
Lusty Glaze, a name which translates from the Cornish as 'Place to see the Blue Boats', is home to the Lifeguard National Training Centre. It is the premier venue for first aid and emergency rescue training in the South West providing a range of vocational courses as well as the National Beach Lifeguard Qualification. This qualification is an essential requirement for those working as a lifeguard on Britain's beaches and is also valid in a number of countries throughout the world.
Lifeguard cover at Lusty Glaze is usually from early March to early September.
Facilities include a cafe, restaurant, beach shop, bar, crèche, toilets and watersports equipment hire; beach huts are also available for hire. There is also a number of 'Cliff Activities' including abseiling and the 'Terror Tight Rope' - a walk from one cliff to another high above the beach.
Further developments and improvements have now made Lusty Glaze Beach 'the place to be seen' in Newquay.
Its sheltered position and range of facilities make Lusty Glaze very popular in high season - visitors may find the southwestern end of the beach less crowded.
There is a 'Seasonal Dog Ban' meaning that dogs are not permitted on the beach between the end of May and the end of September, from 8:00am to 7:00pm
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Family friendly
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
✔ Good Surfing
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