The Tram Track
Originally laid to carry minerals and coal in 1849 in horse drawn trucks, the tram tarck developed through the years until it fell into disuse in 1926. It has now been brought back into being as a footway / cycleway. You can still see part of where the rails were, also there's a fantastic view of the bay through a gap inb the fence. This is a short cut back to the Pengelly hotel from the main street, and makes a pleasent change to your walk.
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Sealions in the harbour
If you wander down to the harbour in the evenings during summer, you can see sea lions in the water in the harbour. I thought this was awsome and sometimes when the boats come in from Mackerall fishing, you can hand it to them.
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NEAR FESTRAL BEACH
This is the furthest point at Newquay, on the other side is the famous surfing beach called Fetral beach. What about that little house perched on that rock, i bet its a bit iffy living there when the wind blows LOL
If you want to get off the beaten track go over to Crantock Bay it has great surf & is nearly empty-ideal for surfing when Fistral is far to busy. If its big at fistral it could be a nice size here. Its lifeguarded & there is parking. Just dont go to The Bowgie Inn that is v busy & expensive!
It is the next beach to the left of Fistral if your looking out to sea. If you walk over you can get a little ferry over, or you can drive over easily. it is a huge beach, dogs are allowed & its very beautiful.
As you leave the town of Newquay by Fore Street (just head in direction of the sea) you will come to a steepish hill which leads out onto the headland with a war memorial.
Either side of this are lovely coastal paths.
In one direction is Fistral Beach and the other leads to the tip of the headland here - Towan Head. Pefect for a stroll around and to watch the waves and surfers.
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The Willow Figures
Just the other side of the road from the gardens is Newquay's boating lake with its unusual public art feature.
These 3 willow figures, created by Serena de la Hey, a nationally renowned sculptress., stand on an island in the lake. The island is alos protected from erosion by more willow to enhance this feature.
The same sculpttress created the M5 Willow Man which you may have seen on your travels.
They were craned into their home here on the boating lake on 28th May 2002.
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Tranquility at Trenanace Gardens
Behind the beaches and town of Newquay is this peaceful gardens and nearby boating lake with its friendly ducks.
Trenance gardens is not far from Newquay Zoo which we didn't have time to visit but i believe its very good.
The first lifeboat house was in Fore Street and the boats were launched from the beach.
Then a sliwpway was built in 1895 with a gradient of 1in 2.25 - making it the steepest slip in the British Isles.
Old Lifeboat House
This lifeboat house was built in 1899 and was in use until 1934 during which time 142 lives were saved. The first lifeboat "Joshua" was brought to Newquay by 6 horses in 1860.
The new inshore lifeboat house - opened in 1965 - is situated by the harbour.
Cornwall has some really dramatic and rugged coastline and with the clear blue sea it looks spectacular
What a beautiful part of Cornwall this is, here is the widest part of the bay from Festral beach to west Newquay
It was spring during our visit and the flowers and the trees were resplendent with their colours of the season. In the distance can be seen the railway bridge - beyond that is where the zoo is.
2 of the Willow Figures
Here's a closer view of two of the willow figures. Each of the figures is approx 4.5 metres high and weighs 1/4 tonne.
Seem popular with the pigeons too!
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