Fistral Beach, by A Pillow of Winds

Fistral Beach, by A Pillow of Winds

There’s no need to fly half way around the world for a beach break or a surfing holiday when we have our own beautiful surf capital right here in the UK.

The world envies Californians for the easy-going lifestyle that we imagine comes with living on the stunning West Coast of America. It is a typical part of British culture to spend all year fantasising about exotic sun, sea, surf and sand until we can book some flights off our home isle. But in truth, there is no need for fantasies and dreams, when we have it all at our feet on our very own Cornish coast. Soft sandy beaches, sleek ripping waves, amazing coastal scenery, and a climate seemingly setting it apart from the rest of Britain! Newquay has it all. The Cornish coast can be whatever you make it, whether you’re the type to find a quiet and peaceful corner or you want to throw yourself into some hustle and bustle, Newquay can cater to you. It can be an idyllic escape from the busyness of life or it can be the life of the party until sunrise. There are coastal walks for those who come to peacefully appreciate the beauty of the British coastline and its wildlife or coasteering for the adrenaline junkies. The gorgeous beaches accommodate sun soakers, swimmers and sporty surfers, rookie or pro.  The multiple activities and atmospheres bring together different types of people to create a culturally diverse holiday destination that gives you the feeling of being abroad with all the novelty and benefits of being in Britain. You can blend in and escape in the sense that nobody has to know that you’re a tourist.

Fistral Beach, by a.froese

Fistral Beach, by a.froese

If Newquay is known as the surf capital of the UK then Fistral beach is the surfing hub. This is where the majority of the surfing schools set up camp, such as the Quicksilver Surf School. There are plenty to choose from so it’s a good idea to compare them all to see which best suits your needs. For instance, The Escape Surf School’s location allows them to make use of two beaches which can have varying surfs in adverse weather conditions, so you are more likely to be guaranteed a lesson if the weather is looking peaky. They can cater to groups and do special packages for stag and hen groups. However, Fistral Beach Surf Hire rents out boogie boards and surfboards and has a surf school attachment which makes them a good port of call for groups of varying abilities.

Surfer, by Steve Wilde

Surfer, by Steve Wilde

Just as there are different activities through which you can have your own individual experience of Newquay, there are also some breath-taking holiday rentals that can offer a basis for an experience like no other and truly define the meaning of the word ‘escape’. Take for instance, Merlin at Lewinnick Cove. In its isolation, nestled into a cliff on the East Pennine Headland between Fistral and Crantock beaches, you can wake up to a bird’s eye view of the waves crashing into the cliffs below and the Atlantic Ocean stretching out into the horizon. The headland is solely yours (but for the unobtrusive, warm and welcoming Lewinnick Lodge pub/restaurant), yet it is only a short coastal walk from the hustle and bustle and the buzzing Newquay nightlife. It has its very own sea pool and the solitude allows you to appreciate the coast in whichever way you see fit. Surf View beach house offers a slightly different ambience in that it comes with a stunning view of the infamous Fistral beach. It is on a quiet complex to which you can retreat to find peace and quiet and yet be social around the communal pool area. You can discover what it’s really like to live at the English seaside and settle right in to this home from home. It may not be the Californian coast, but England’s Cornish coast has its own hidden gems and diamond attributes that make it deserving of a place on the list of top places to go for a beach break. Not only is it just as beautiful, while having its own unique charm, at its furthest from any point in the UK it is only a trip down the motorway, which means you needn’t even think about the stresses that can come with planning holidays abroad. Ditch the flight check-ins and the jet lag and trade them in for the more important things like sun, fun, sand and surf.

Lewinnick Cove, by Steve Wilde

Lewinnick Cove, by Steve Wilde

 

About The Author

I am a graduate creative writer with a love of travelling. Last summer I travelled over four thousand miles of Western USA with my two sisters and can undoubtedly say it was the time of my life. The mixture of feelings and the unforgettable experiences that come with travelling are difficult to put into words, which is why, through writing for niche escapes, I want to encourage people to get out into the world, discover what it has to offer and try something a little different.