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A short stroll from the hotel will take you to the Pentire headland and the breathtaking views from the South West Coast Path.

If you want to get the sand between your toes or surf the waves, you've got a choice of ten Newquay beaches including the well-renowned surfer's destination, Fistral beach. And if you fancy something more entertaining Newquay Zoo, Blue Reef Aquarium, Dairyland Farmworld, zorbing, horse riding and dolphin-spotting on a sea safari are all available to you!

When you're ready to head out of Newquay, you can be in Falmouth in under an hour and Land's End in a little over that. Tintagel Castle, believed to be the birthplace of King Arthur, is an hour to the north, while the ever-popular Eden Project is just over half an hour to the east. St Ives, with its many galleries and eateries, is a short drive along the coast, as is Port Isaac, home of TV's Doc Martin.

Surfing in Cornwall

Catch some waves


The Pentire is sandwiched between two of the top spots for surfers in Cornwall - Fistral and Crantock beaches. Both offer long and shortboard waves with plenty of fun for bodyboarders too.


The best and most consistent surf break in Britain. Like most beaches on the north Cornish coast, it faces west, catching the untamed Atlantic swell as it hits the sand bars off the beach and the famous Cribbar reef further out. Here vast walls of water are created when the conditions are right in the winter, but during the summer Fistral can be a great, safe beach to learn to surf.


Located to the south-west of Newquay, across the tidal River Gannel, which runs alongside the Pentire headland, this can suffer from current but provides one of the best longboard peaks on this coast when conditions are right. A smaller shortboard break, known as the 'Bowgie Left' sometimes works at the western end.

If you'd like to learn how to surf while you're staying with us, we can arrange for you to have surf lessons at Fistral beach. For more details, please call us on 01637 872334.

Walking in Cornwall

Start exploring


Located right on the legendary and multi-award-winning South West Coast Path, the Pentire Hotel is the ideal base for a walking holiday.

England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath (and one of the longest in the UK), the South West Coast Path stretches for 630 miles from Minehead to our north in Somerset, right the way round to Poole Harbour in Dorset on England's south coast. Since it rises and falls with every river mouth, it's a challenging trail, with the total height climbed calculated to be 114,931ft or 35,031m - that's almost four times the height of Everest!

But don't be put off - some sections are perfectly accessible for those less able but who want to get out and enjoy the views the path has to offer and inhale some of that fresh sea air deep into their lungs. There are, of course, also plenty of walks inland from the coast path that are well worth checking out.

Golf in Cornwall

Get a hole in one


Cornwall is becoming an increasingly popular destination for golfing holidays. The quality of golf on offer here is very high, with the best courses spread out along the north coast. The Pentire is ideally positioned for a golfing holiday as we're within walking distance of the links course at Newquay Golf Club, and a short drive from several others.

We're under an hour's drive from most points in Cornwall, putting courses such as St Mellion in Saltash and England's most southerly golf course, at Mullion near Helston, and its most westerly, at Cape Cornwall, well within reachable distance.

If you'd like to enjoy golf while staying with us, we recommend the following Cornish courses:

  1. St Enodoc
  2. Trevose
  3. St Mellion
  4. Perranporth
  5. Mullion
  6. West Cornwall
  7. Bude & North Cornwall
  8. Bowood Park
  9. Newquay
  10. China Fleet

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