Lusty Glaze is a secluded, privately owned beach at the northern end of Newquay, Cornwall, known for its stunning beauty and sheltered setting in a natural amphitheater of high cliffs. Despite its private ownership, the beach is fully open to the public without charge. However, reaching the beach requires some effort, as access involves descending 133 steep steps from the cliff top. There’s no disabled access from the cliff top, so visitors should consider what they carry down to the beach. Alternatively, during spring low tides, it’s possible to reach Lusty Glaze from neighboring Tolcarne Beach, though this may involve some clambering over rocks.
Lusty Glaze offers a variety of activities. It’s home to an Adventure Centre, providing thrilling activities like climbing, abseiling, volleyball, dodgeball, football, surfing, banana boat rides, and jet ski lessons. This beach is a swell magnet, ideal for surfing, with unique wave patterns due to its geographical position. The beach also hosts large music events in the summer, with festival vibes, often ticketed, which may restrict access if not planned ahead.
The beach features overnight self-catering chalets, daily rentable beach huts, a restaurant and bar, a beach shop, surf hire, and showers/changing rooms. The beach restaurant serves various dishes, including special menus for dogs, with proceeds going to a local rehoming shelter. There are also public toilets available as part of the beach complex.
Lifeguards patrol the beach daily from July 8 to September 3, between 10 am and 6 pm. Visitors are advised to stay within designated swimming and surfing zones marked by flags. It’s important to read local signs and exercise caution in the water, especially outside lifeguarded hours.
Parking is available at the Lusty Glaze Beach car park on the cliff top, with charges varying depending on the duration of stay. There are also unrestricted parking options on nearby residential streets.