From Discover Newquay
Towan Beach is the most central of Newquay's beaches lying just below the Killacourt and Beach Road. This beach is sheltered by Towan Head and provides either small waves, ideal for novice surfers or calm waters for safe swimming.
Over the harbour wall we come to Towan Beach, often called "Town" beach and rightly so for it is within a few steps of the heart of the town. Here come the crowds of daytrippers from the bus station to swell the vast number of visitors who favour this safe sheltered beach. At high tide the beach gets covered and the crowds retreat to the Promenade with its shops and cafes or to the grassy slopes on the clifftops - Killacourt and Eathen, or to the terraces in between. Behind the Promenade there is an adit from an old lead mine. Giant's Cove tucked in the South East corner of the beach in the shelter of the Island has a little dry sand and a way up the cliff by a flight of steps. In the shelter of this cove shipbuilding was formerly carried on. The soft shales here contain fossil corals.
If you would like to find out more about the history of this part of Newquay go to Disc One of the Discovery Trail - Killacourt.
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