You might think of Newquay as a summer destination, but winter is a wonderful time to be in Cornwall. There are beautiful sights to see at any time of year, and to prove it, here are five of the most Instagrammable views you will find in Newquay.
1. Huer’s Hut
Go from Little Fistral beach along the path to Towan Head and you’ll soon come across a picturesque stone hut. This building dates back to the 19th century, but it is thought that a shelter of some sort has been here since the 14th century.
The hut was built as a shelter for ‘Huers’. Their job was to watch the sea day and night for shoals of pilchards. When a shoal was spotted, they would announce it using a large trumpet, and the fishermen of the town would race out to catch them. The Huer would then guide the fishermen to the shoal from the clifftop vantage point.
As well as being an interesting historical feature, the views from here are to die for. You can enjoy the panoramic views of the coastline over Newquay Bay at any time of year, and your photos of the hut against the backdrop of the sea will look stunning on your Instagram feed.
2. Porth Island
Porth Island, also called Trevelgue Head, is located near to Porth Beach. You can access the island via a footbridge, which makes it fun to get to. Once you’ve crossed, you’ll come across some prehistoric earthworks on the island, along with the remains of an iron age fort.
It’s also a fantastic spot for some dramatic coastal scenery, so enjoy watching the waves crashing against the rocks. Take a snap at sunset for something really special.
3. Sea View from Hotel Bristol
We couldn’t fail to include our own wonderful view on this list, and we think it’s one of the finest you’ll find in Newquay.
Hotel Bristol is blessed with a most magnificent view over Tolcarne Beach. Perched on the top of the cliff, our unique vantage point provides spectacular views over the beach and out to sea. Our guests spend hours looking out at the views, simply relaxing and taking it all in.
And while summer is lovely, there is also something special about enjoying the view of the rough sea below while sitting back and enjoying a cup of tea in the hotel.
4. Fistral Beach
The most famous beach in Newquay is well worth adding to your Instagram feed when you visit in winter. This is one of the most popular surfing beaches in Cornwall and the UK, and important surfing competitions are held here during the year.
The beach itself is beautiful, but the large waves crashing against the shore will make a particularly dramatic photo for your feed.
5. Bedruthan Steps
Head just north of Newquay and find one of the most special sites in the area: Bedruthan Steps. This magical location is located just past Watergate Bay, and you will find a series of large sea stacks that have been separated from the mainland over the years by erosion.
Legend has it that these stacks were used as steppingstones by the giant Bedruthan to get across the bay. You can only visit at low tide, and when you visit in winter, you might find that you have the steps all to yourself.
And the Rest…
There are so many beautiful locations in and around Newquay that it’s hard to stick to just five. These are the best of the lot, but there are many other stunning places to take some impressive snaps for your Instagram feed.
You could visit Polly Joke, a sandy cove with beautiful views. Or head to Porth Reservoir with some truly beautiful scenery. Pentire Headland has some stunning sea views, and Holywell Cave is spectacular with its multi-coloured rock formations.
So visit them all at any time of year, and discover the unique natural beauty of Newquay for yourself.