Outdoor Activities Within Walking Distance

This is the section that we all hope will be used the most. It means the sun is shining and all is well. We honestly believe that with a bit of sun Cornwall is the best place on earth to spend your hard earned holiday and that Newquay offers the best of the best in entertainment for the out door enthusiast.We have dozens of great outdoor activities within walking distance of our front door.

The Sea

Outdoor activities within walking distance

You came on holiday to the seaside so the sea is going to keep on cropping up. There are lots of sports in the surf and they are all within walking distance:

  • Bodyboarding (catching waves whilst lying on a board)
  • Surfing (catching waves whilst standing on a board)
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding or SUP (like surfing but with a paddle)
  • Monster SUP (as above but bigger and with more people)
  • Coasteering (climbing, swimming and jumping your way around the coast)
  • Kitesurfing (standing on a board whilst getting dragged around by a powerful kite)

If your new to surf sports start by trying out our Dick Pearce belly boards. A great Eco. friendly alternative to the plastic and foam variety. We bought ours from Karma just by the back gate.

To plan your stay you’re going to want to know what the sea is doing, and when. Our favourite option is surf-reports.com

Towan Beach

Outdoor activities within walking distance

Towan is our “Home Beach”. Just outside Crest Court`s front door. This is the best beach in Newquay , OK; we know we are biased but bear with us whilst we justify that belief.

It’s very close to shops, pubs,restaurants ,cafes ,takeaways and our apartment. That cuts travel time to a minimum leaving more time and energy for fun. It is one of the safest beaches in Newquay . If you don’t want to leave the beach you don’t have to (except for the tide). Everything you need is here, from coffee and cakes, to Cornish pasties and fish and chips. You can hire or buy most beach related goods here, from buckets and spades, to deck chairs, even beach wheelchairs. There is a great surf school just on the promenade. Lockers for hire and a  shower for when you come out of the sea 

Safe But Still Exciting

Rock pools, caves, a tunnel and even the suspension bridge across to the famous island, provide priceless free fun. The golden sand is firm and easy to walk on and in the season RNLI Lifeguards are on patrol.
This beach is sheltered from the worst of the Atlantic swells by Towan headland but don’t think that makes it tame. The “kiddie’s corner” wave is definitely for the experienced surfer. Watch out for the “harbour left” and “Bothwicks” all favourites of the locals. Its dog friendly, you can watch the boats going in and out of the harbour and when the tide is out you can walk to Porth.

Some people leave a beach if it rains apparently, here it really doesn’t matter because you can always visit  the Blue Reef Aquarium, this is where the public toilets are and yet another cafe. You may think you know a better beach but I’m afraid you aren’t going to convince us.

Walking Distance 2 Mins.

Newquay Activity Center

Outdoor activities within walking distance

The Newquay Activity Centre is probably the best place in Cornwall to get your fix of adrenaline. It is a Trip Adviser No 1, Gold award winning operation, so they must be doing something right.

They offer instruction in Surfing, Body Boarding, Stand up Paddle-Boarding, Monster SUP, Coasteering, Survival training, Kayaking and Lifeguard training- they even train the military. All the kit you could need is available here, to hire right on your door step. Don’t worry if you’re not a surf master, they cater for complete beginners as well.

All the activities that they provide are available in a form that is suitable for families, complete beginners, improvers or experts. Talk to a member of the team if you need help deciding what is best for you.
You can visit their website from the link below or go up into the town and have a chat with them.

Tel. 01637 877722 

60 Fore St, Newquay TR7 1LW

Walking Distance 5 Mins.

Thanks to Newquay Activity Center for the Images.        

Great Western Beach To Watergate Beach

Outdoor activities within walking distance

Step out of Crest Court, onto Towan Beach and turn right. If you time it well with the tide you can walk across Towan, Great Western, Tolcarne, Lusty Glaze, Porth, Whipsiderry and onto Watergate. Then make your way back along the coast path.

Great Western Beach. Dog Friendly ,Surf cafe,beach bar, surf hire and surf lessons. R.N.L.I Life Guards on duty in the season

Tolcarne Beach  No Dogs between April and October(above high water line), Food outlets, Bar, Surf Hire and Surf Lessons .R.N.L.I Life Guards on duty in the season

Lusty Glaze Beach , Dog Friendly, Privately owned beach, specialising in weddings and corporate events. Home of Waverunner Safari.R.N.L.I Life Guards on duty in the season

Porth Beach ,No Dogs from 15th May to 30th September between 10 AM and 6 PM, Mermaid Pub on the beach, cafes, surf hire nearby .R.N.L.I Life Guards on duty in the season

Whipsiderry Beach, Dog friendly, steep steps to access, no facilities.  That makes it very quite and we love it for that. At low tide you can walk on to Watergate beach.

Watergate Beach ,Dog Friendly , Food outlets, surf hire ,surf lessons and beach shops. Watergate specialises in Kite Surfing.

Walking Distance : 5 km  Post Code TR8 4AB



Outdoor activities within walking distance
Newquay Cafes

There are many ways to get to Crantock Beach. Our favourite would be taking the footpath across the road from Walkabout that comes out at Belushi’s, turn right and walk down the road until you get to the roundabout, then follow the path between the Red Lion and the Harbour. This will take you past the Huer’s Hut, which was used to look out for shoals of fish coming into the bay, onto Towan Head, past Little Fistral and on to Fistral Beach. Keep going across Fistral, onto Pentire Headland. You can You can take the ferry service across onto Crantock Beach from here in the summer- be careful on Crantock as there tends to be a very strong current and it does have a reputation for rip currents, but as long as you are between the lifeguards’ flags everything should be fine.    

Walking Distance : 3 km (via ferry at high tide) Post Code  TR8 5RN

Newquay Zoo, Wild Planet Trust

Zoo at Trenance Gardens

From Lions,lemurs and lynx to meerkats ,marmosets and monkeys , you are never too far away from a little animal magic at Newquay Zoo.

For those of you of a certain age i am sure you can understand why those are the Zoo`s words not mine  John Morris

Apart from the animals there are plenty of other things to see and do including The Tropical House, The Oriental Garden, Gems Of The Jungle, The Secret Garden and Outdoor Play Areas.

If all that has left you feeling hungry  head to Cafe Lemur or if you fancy a take away The Lazy Lion Grill could be for you. Ice Cream? Meerkat Munchies is where you need to be.

Newquay Zoo is fun but it has a serious side. The wild planet trust is involved in many different aspects of conservation from marine  plastics to sustainable palm oil via carbon footprint reduction and many other vitally important ecological issues . 

Support the Zoo and you re helping support the planet. 

Walking distance 1.6 Km.  TR7 2LZ

Tel. 01637 873342

Open 10am to 5pm 

Thanks to Newquay Zoo for the images 


Trenance Gardens and Leisure Park

Outdoor activities within walking distance

You probably came past Trenance Gardens when you first arrived. If you walk down as far as Great Western Beach, then turn inland, you will arrive at Trenance Gardens.

It’s very close to the Leisure Centre and Zoo. Here you will find the Riding Stables which offers rides down the Gannel, the boating lake from which canoes and rowing boats can be hired, Crazy Golf, Miniature Railway, a couple of free play parks with slides and swings,  the lovely Lakeside Café , tennis ,bowls, skate board park, trampoline and play park oh and the gardens.

If you don’t fancy the walk then catch the famous Newquay Land Train.   

Walking distance : 1.1 km  Post Code  TR7 2NW 

Newquay Harbour


The Harbour (or Quay) was originally built in 1439 and has been upgraded and rebuilt many times since then. When it was first built however it was new, making it “the new quay”. Over the past few hundred years the name Newquay has evolved.     

Many fishing trips operate out of the harbour: you do get to keep your catch but bear in mind someone is going to need to gut your catch and the freezer in the apartment is only small.

There are Six seals that frequently visit the harbour that would be more than happy to take care of any over-catch. They may look like big wet dogs but remember these are wild animals that might decide your hand looks tasty too.

Sea safaris and boat tours also  launching from the harbour. Book one of these to see more of the wildlife in the area and look around some of the more isolated coves.

The RNLI are also based in the harbour. The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. It’s a voluntary organisation whose members risk their lives in all weathers to help others, and they even let you into the lifeboat house to have a look at their boats and tractors.

Please make a donation – you never know when you might need them yourself.       

At low tide you can walk straight across Towan Beach and through the harbour entrance; at mid tide you will find steps up over the harbour wall from Towan and at high tide you can approach the harbour from Fore Street.  

Walking distance  0.5 km  Post Code TR7 1HR

Waverunner Safari


Waverunner Safari operates out of Lusty Glaze Beach, offering some slightly higher octane activities, including Jet Ski Safaris, banana boating,high speed Rib and powerboat tours. Private boat charter is also available.

If that`s not enough for the thrill seekers then talk to them about tight rope walking or abseiling. 

Tel.  01637 806106

Thanks to Waverunner Safari for the Images.

Walking distance 1.9 km  Post Code TR7 3AE

Newquay sea safaris

Outdoor activities within walking distance

Based at the harbour this is the place to go for your boat based fun. Take a Wildlife Safari spotting shark, dolphin, seal and much more. Too boring? Not a problem they can crank it up from fishing trips through snorkelling up to shark cage diving. Chris also tells us that they welcome “salty sea dogs” but I think that’s just as spectators.

Established family run business with over 35 years experience, providing sea safaris, fishing trips and marine conservation projects in Newquay, Cornwall, UK.
Fast, comfortable, twin-hulled ocean going boat – from 2 hour trips to full boat charters.

Tel. 01637 877613

Thanks to Newquay sea safaris for the images  

Walking distance  0.5 km  Post Code TR7 1HR

Body Bounce

Outdoor activities within walking distance

Sometimes the kids get too excited and you just know there will be tears. This i a great solution to that problem. Get them down here and you will soon burn off their excess energy and be the best parent ever.

Once the kids are bouncing away you can grab a drink and a snack at the kiosk and have a well earned break.

Tel. 07730485067

Thanks to Body Bounce for the images

Walking distance 1.2 km Post Code TR7 2QF

Newquay Land Train

Outdoor activities within walking distance

Operating a circular route taking in Trenance Gardens, the Zoo, Narrowcliff, Town Centre, and Mount Wise this is a great way to see the town and get your bearings. Tickets are bought on the train and are all day or part journey. The train operates during the season and at Christmas.

Tel. 07855 677077

Thanks to Newquay Land Train for the images

The Kraken

Outdoor activities within walking distance

This is a great walk from the apartment across Fistral to Pentire headland grab a cake coffee and pastie then a game of pitch and put this place may have a scary name but its very friendly (for a sea monster)

Award Winning Cornish Pasties, Cornish Ice Cream, Pastries and Barista Coffee to Takeaway with a 10 acre 9 Hole Pitch and Putt Golf course.

The only spot in Newquay for stunning views across both Fistral and Crantock Beaches. Plenty of parking in Pentire car park and great walks on Pentire Headland. Dog and Sea Monster Friendly.

Shortest walking distance 2.4 Km  TR7 1PF

Thanks to The Kraken for the images

Newquay Water sports Centre

Outdoor activities within walking distance

Based at the harbour Newquay Water Sports Centre is in the old railway tunnel .

If its water based then they have got it covered.Whether its paddle powered, jet powered, wind powered or water powered they have the kit and the knowledge to give you a great experience . From white water rafting to jet wing, from SUPs to coasteering and  from kayak fishing trips to wave ski surfing with just about everything in between.  

Don`t fancy the water ? OK how about archery, axe throwing, power kiting, kite buggy or kite land boarding?

Walking distance .5 Km.  TR7 1HT

Tel.  07535 103119

Thanks to Newquay Water Sports Centre for the images 

SSS Surf School

Outdoor activities within walking distance

All surf schools are not the same it is important that you get the right tuition based on your abilities and experience.  SSS instructors are ISA qualified and the owner,Stewart, is an offshore survival trainer,North Sea rescue swimmer, PADI dive master and Rescue diver. Your in good hands.

The boards are tailored to your individual needs, they are designed by local pro surfer Ben Skinner. All  students are given professional surf kit, including high-tech O’Neill wet-suits, boots, hoods and gloves – keeping you warm and comfortable in the water all year round.

Regardless of if you are in a group lesson, couples or a one to one you can be sure you will be well looked after.  

Towan beach TR7 1DU

Tel. 07792 018787

Thanks to SSS Surf School for the images

Silent Disco Yoga


Silent Disco Yoga involves practising yoga whilst immersing yourself in music played through wireless headphones. The class is led by a yoga teacher who is talking into a wireless microphone and whose voice can be heard over the music in your headphones.

Great music in great locations and your keeping your mind and body fit and healthy . Various sites around Newquay these photographs are from Fistral and Lusty Glaze. 

Tel. 07740 649779

Thanks to Silent Disco Yoga for the images.

Oceanflow Yoga.


Located just above the southern end of Fistral beach Oceanflow offer a full range of options for the yoga practitioner. Outdoor sesions above the beach or studio based options all with a great view of the Atlantic. It doesn’t matter what level of experience you have Oceanflow can meet your needs from classes , one to one tuition or even hot yoga.  Don`t want to spend all your holiday practising yoga ?  No problem you can also book an on line course for streaming at home .

4 Gwelva Lowenek TR7 1GX

Tel.  07740 649779

Thanks to Oceanflow Yoga for the images


Little Western Railway

Little Western Railway

Outdoor activities within walking distance

This is the oldest miniature railway in Cornwall and is an incredibly friendly attraction.The Kids will love this and, if they are honest, so will the adults.

Near the tennis courts and next to a children’s adventure play ground. Prices are very reasonable so multiple rides are an affordable option . 

Thanks to Little Western Railway for the images

Newquay Crazy Golf

Golf at Trenance Gardens
Outdoor activities within walking distance

18 hole miniature golf course set in beautifully landscaped gardens . Some say golf is a good walk spoilt but this is lots of fun give it a try i think you will have a laugh.

Trenance Gardens TR7 2LZ  

Tel. 07973 931086

Thanks to Newquay Crazy Golf for the images

Concrete Waves

BMX at Trenance Gardens
Outdoor activities within walking distance

Widely considered to be the best skate park in the country Concrete Waves caters for all abilities from beginner to professional . It has four separate areas, a retro-style pool, expansive street run, stair set and an internationally significant bowl. 

Any skateboard or BMX enthusiast will be well aware of this park. 

Its free and after 4 pm the car park is free as well

Trenance park TR7 2LZ

Tel.  01202 113811

Thanks to Concrete Waves for the images

Trenance Cottages


Serving up a slice of Old Newquay is Trenance Cottages, a trio of beautifully renovated, Grade II listed, Cornish cottages that are open to the public – containing a tearoom, a heritage museum, and a function room for hire, they also cater for dog friendly weddings.

Rose, Middle and Vine cottage have been restored in the biggest ever Newquay community led renovation project.

An ideal setting for a traditional Cornish cream tea or just a Cornish ice cream.

Free to enter. This is a registered charity. 


Tel. 01637 859496

Thanks to Trenance Cottages for the images

Trenance Boat Hire

Offering fun for all the family in the beautiful surrounds of the Boating Lake in Trenance Gardens Newquay.
Open every day throughout the Summer, weather permitting.
This is where you can hone your nautical skills by hiring a canoe a rowboat or a pedalo. Up to 6 man canoes available so you can make it a proper family treat.
Please be aware that there is know card reader at the boat shed.
Trenance Lane TR 2HU
Tel. 07947 702038
Thanks to Trenance Boat Hire for the images.

Bare Feet Coasteer


This isn’t for the fainthearted but for those with a bit of courage the rewards are staggering. It sounds simple just get round a section of coast on rocks and in the sea but this is an adrenaline fuelled epic adventure. Usually 3 hours long with all your safety equipment included and photographs and videos at the end to prove to yourself you really did it. As with most new skills its easy if you have the right teacher. The instructors always asses the group and tailor the individual tour to the groups abilities you wont be asked to do anything outside your abilities or which is dangerous even if it feels scary at the time.

This is fantastic value £45 for 3 hours and links to photographs and videos included

All guides are qualified RLSS or NARS lifeguards ,trained in water rescue and first aid ,so you are in safe hands.

Fistral beach Surf School TR7 1HY

Tel. 07990513694

Thanks to Bare Feet Coasteer for the images



Geocaching is a sort of treasure hunt/orienteering/puzzle adventure, following clues, codes and GPS co-ordinates to find the geocache, which is often a small hidden container. Sometimes this is as obvious as a lunchbox in a field; sometimes it’s a fake log in a pile of logs that has a hidden compartment. If you find the cache you can exchange the treasure with something of your own for the next person to find, or sign the logbook and return the cache knowing you found it. There are caches all over the world – there are about 50 within walking distance of Crest Court. Your dog will love helping you search.

 As with everything there’s an app for that: www.geocaching.com

Ordnance Survey


Ordnance Survey Maps were originally created by the army to help them transport (and drop) ordinance around the country. They are the best walking maps available by a long way showing incredible detail. If you’re exploring on foot a 1:25000 is going to give you the best detail – there’s lots of outdoors shops which will sell them. 

Just to get you started we have our own 1 in 25,000 customised map centred on the apartment in the side board draw.

Alternatively the maps are available online to view from your phone – there is a monthly subscription charge for this but they do offer a 1 week free trial, www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk