Newquay also has a 14 personnel coastguard rescue team based at Treloggan Industrial Park and an RNLI lifeboat station based in the harbour.
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The Lappa Valley Steam Railway runs along one of Cornwall's oldest stretches of rail, built in 1849 to carry ore from the mine at East Wheal Rose to Newquay Harbour. Much later it was part of the Great Western Railway. Spring is the best time to travel on the railway, as the wild flowers at the sides of the track are at their best.
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Newquay is famous for the Boardmasters surfing championships, held at Fistral Beach, which attract competitors from all over the world. The main town beaches are Towan, Great Western, Lusty Glaze and Tolcarne, all of which are reasonably sheltered and safe for swimming and sun-worshipping. There is an aquarium on the promenade of Towan Beach.
The town is bounded to the west by the River Gannel and its associated salt marsh, and to the east by the Porth Valley. Newquay has been expanding inland (south) since it was founded.
Newquay has never been more accessible with the continued improvements to the main route through Cornwall, the A.30. The last section of single carriageway road before the Newquay turn off is in the process of being upgraded to dual carriageway. You can now fly from many parts of the country as well as abroad into the local airport just outside of town. Regular scheduled flights now include Spain, Germany, Ireland as well as London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
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Just 4 miles from the park is this beautiful sandy beach
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Several of the large Hotels in Newquay were requisitioned as convalescent hospitals for the Army, Air Force & Navy. The hotels were The Atlantic Hotel; The Headland Hotel; Hotel Victoria and St Rumons (now The Esplanade)
Just one of many fantastic beaches (including Lusty Glaze & Watergate Bay).
The beautiful beaches and the spectacular coastal scenery have made Newquay was it is today - Cornwall's premier resort. There is always plenty going on during the summer months and it is an ideal venue for young people. Nowadays, regular flights from London to the local airport make the town highly accessible.
Newquay is also known for the "Run to the Sun" event, which always takes place during the public holiday on the last weekend in May at Trevelgue Holiday Park. People visit the town in Volkswagen camper vans, Beetles and other custom cars.
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Tuck in to a delicious family meal in the Treganna Bar & Grill
New plans include further substantial development inland, which if allowed would extend the urban area towards Chapel. Places like Trencreek, Porth and St Columb Minor have long since become suburbs of Newquay: it is possible that by the 2030s, should present development trends continue, the edges of the town could be approaching and perhaps encompass Quintrell Downs, 3 miles (5 km) from the town centre.
Surf school at nearby Holywell Bay
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The first signs of settlement in the Newquay region consist of a late Iron Age hill fort/industrial centre which exploited the nearby abundant resources (including deposits of iron) and the superior natural defences provided by Trevelgue Head. It is claimed that occupation of the site was continuous from the 3rd century BC to the 5th or 6th century AD (a Dark Ages house was later built on the head).
The Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity is earlier, having been built in 1903: until 1985 it was dependent on monks from Bodmin but then became part of the Diocese of Plymouth. There have also been Wesleyan and Bible Christian chapels in the town, the Wesleyan being a fine (picturesque) building of 1904.
Newquay also plays host to the Newquay Road Runners who are based from the sports centre.
Newquay has been a major tourist destination for more than a century, principally on account of its coastline and nine long and accessible sandy beaches, including Fistral. Around 22,000 people live in Newquay, but the population can increase to 100,000 or more in the summer because Newquay has a large stock of holiday accommodation.
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Newquay Discovery Trail is made up of 14 Cornish slate discs, each 39 inches (0.99 m) in diameter, sunk into the ground at strategic points around the town. Each of the discs features a series of 'conundrum' words carved by sculptor Peter Martin. The trail starts in the centre of town at the Killacourt.
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As with the rest of the British Isles and South West England, Newquay experiences a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. The nearest Met Office weather station is St. Mawgan/Newquay Airport, about 3.5 miles to the north east of the town centre. Temperature extremes in the area since 1960 vary from 31.3 °C (88.3 °F) in June 1976 and August 1995 down to −9.0 °C (15.8 °F) during January 1987.
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Newquay railway station is the terminus of the Atlantic Coast Line from Par. The railway was originally built as a mineral line in the 1840s to provide a link with the harbour. A passenger service followed on 20 June 1876, and from then on the town developed quickly as a resort. The station is close to the beaches on the east side of the town centre.
Other areas also developed in the period between the wars were Pentire (known for a time as West Newquay) and the Trenance Valley. Other streets dating from the 1920s included St Thomas Road, which provided the approach to the town's new cottage hospital at its far end, to be followed by others in the same area near the station, such as Pargolla Road.
In 1987, evidence of a Bronze Age village was found at Trethellan Farm, a site that overlooks the River Gannel.
Tolcarn Junction itself was the point where a second passenger route diverged from the Par line between 1906 and 1963. This branch ran to Chacewater, west of Truro, via Perranporth and St Agnes, and provided through trains to Truro and Falmouth.
Get under the water without getting wet and see tropical fish in the glass tunnel walkway.
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