We couldn’t remember when we were at Newquay last when discussing where to go. “Probably on a family surfing day – about ten years ago,” Mr Word Loft spoke with a nostalgic look in his eyes. On other occasions, we had dined there after coastal walks or shopped. Especially in the winter, when it’s desolate, windswept, and there are lots of bargains on offer.

Our son and partner live forty minutes away from Newquay, so we messaged them to let them know our plans as we drove along. We thought they might be busy and they were. Their car packed; they were already on the road to a local resort to surf but chose to redirect to Newquay’s Fistral Beach so we could meet up later.   

After exploring the town, which started as a small fishing village centuries ago, and having lunch at Concho Lounge, I eagerly approached Towan Beach close to the centre.

I was always intrigued by a house built on an eighty-foot rocky outcrop with a private bridge and was delighted to see it again. “Imagine living on a single house-sized island,” I said as I took photographs. “The views of the Atlantic must be stunning.” However, my practical side kicked in while writing this. It wouldn’t be much fun trundling shopping over to it but I quickly changed my mind. It must only take minutes to cross the small suspension bridge before touching the golden sands. At low tide, the spectacular aqua ocean rolls onto the shore. And at high tide, the island is encircled by water. So magical!

In the distance, the iconic Headland Hotel is prominent on the landscape overlooking Fistral and its perfect surfing conditions. We hoped to catch a glimpse of our son riding the waves, but by the time we walked across town, he was out and dressed after several hours in the water.

What an excellent excuse for warming drinks in a bar on the Fistral Beach Complex before dinner for four at Rick Stein’s restaurant. The meal was delicious, each of us commented, whether having had traditional fish and chips or one of the exotic curries.

The view is exceptional from the venue. Tens of avid surfers still enjoyed their sport until dark. Truly dedicated, we decided, while sitting inside snug and warm reminiscing about the yesteryear annual Boardmasters Festivals when we had watched competitors showing off their surfing skills in the same spot.

Until next time,
Sue. X

PS. Be aware that in winter some shops and eateries have reduced business hours.