Sunday 31 March 2019

Fistral Beach - One of Newquay's Finest For Surfing

Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall is one of the best for surfing, because of the consistency and quality of the surf. Newquay is considered to be the surfing capital of the UK.

It's a lovely stretch of sand and high on the cliffs is the impressive Headland Hotel.

The hotel was first opened in June 1900 and has hosted royalty. King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra were the first to stay at the hotel in the early 1900s. The current Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and the Princess Royal (Princess Ann) have also enjoyed several visits - at least I presume they enjoyed themselves! Hard to tell what they are thinking at times.

Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall showing the Huers Hut

The town of Newquay is on Cornwall's north coast and is very much a seaside resort. The population of the town is about 20,000 but this shoots up to nearer 100,000 in the main summer season. So to say it gets busy is an understatement - it heaves people in the main summer holiday period. The attraction? Sandy beaches, I think there are 11! Oh, and surfing, as I have already mentioned.

In the photo above, on the cliff top is a small white building. This is the Huers Hut mentioned in a previous post.

Fistral Beach, Cornwall

Changing the subject, there was a recent clean up of Fistral Beach and they found litter going back to the 1970s and 80s! The rubbish lay buried under a collapsed sand dune.

I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about litter, I detest it and don't understand why people can't take their rubbish home. Why pollute beautiful scenery? But the other thing about some of the items found is that they have survived for perhaps 30+ years. We really are polluting our Earth - and not just with plastic.

The sandy Fistral Beach, Newquay Cornwall

Grumble over! Here are just some of the items found under the sand dune ...

~ 1984 Smiths Crisps packet  that offers a free Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Poster
~ Coca Cola can dated 1984 
~ A Marathon chocolate bar dated 1984
~ Packet from Golden Wonder crisps offering a model of a Laker Airways DC-10 - Laker went bankrupt in 1982
~ Burton's Smax
~ Treets, who changed their name in 1988

... and so it went on.

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