Tolcarne beach sits in the heart of the Newquay Bay and provides a fairly large stretch of sand for surfers, sun bathers and holiday makers. Encompassed by dramatic cliffs Tolcarne beach is slightly more exposed to the open ocean and marks the half way point to where the beaches further along the Newquay bay coastline become more exposed and draw in more swell.
Famed for the left hand wedge that breaks off the small headland known as Tolcarne Point at high tides. The Tolcarne wedge is the go to spot for avid bodyboarders.
Surfing difficultly: Suitable for any level surfer
Wave quality: 5/10
Type of wave: Sandy beach break
Favoured wind direction: South or south easterly
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SURF AT TOLCARNE BEACH?
The best time to surf at Tolcarne is 1-2 hours after high tide. Small headlands create the curvature of the beach causing the waves to become disorganised and rebound, no good for stand up surfing during higher tides.
High tide is reserved for the local bodyboarding community. Don’t expect many waves if the wedge is working.
WHEN IS THERE LIFEGUARD SERVICE AT TOLCARNE BEACH?
Daily 14 May-25 September
Patrol times 10am-6pm
We advise you check current lifeguard times with the RNLI website.
WHAT HAZARDS ARE THERE AT TOLCARNE BEACH?
Past the first hour or two of the tide Tolcarne remains a flat beach with compact sand and no real hazards for surfers.
HOW DO I GET TO TOLCARNE BEACH?
Main access to Tolcarne beach is down a long steep set of stairs on Cliff road. An access road typically reserved for guest staying at holidays accommodation is at the far end of the beach opposite the Hotel Bristol. Pedestrians are welcome to use this.
ARE THERE ANY UNIQUE FEATURES AT TOLCARNE BEACH?
To reach the golden sands of Tolcarne visitors will need to tackle some 200 steps. A real test after a tough day on the beach.
WHAT SHOPS & AMENITIES ARE AT TOLCARNE BEACH?
Tolcarne beach is its own eco system with everything that you could want for a day or week at the beach within a stones throw.. A variety of accommodation options, beach side facilities, restaurants and cafe’s, everything is catered for.
WHERE CAN I PARK AT TOLCARNE BEACH?
Parking is limited. Pay & display car parks and street parking adjacent to Cliff road.
- Mount Wise – TR7 2BP
- Oakleigh Terrace – TR7 1RN
- Manor Road – TR7 1JQ
- St.Georges Road – TR7 1RE
- Albany Road – TR7 2NS
- Clevedon Road – TR7 2DP
TOP TIPS FROM CORNISH WAVE….
Parking can be limited around Tolcarne even out of season. If you have to drive look for spaces around Edgecumb avenue.
IS TOLCARNE BEACH DOG FRIENDLY?
No dogs from 1st May to 30th September.