25. Fistral

Fistral Beach is at Newquay, on the north coast.

This north-west facing beach is wide and gently sloping.

The sand is medium-grained sand with a large proportion of shell fragments. Sand at the top of the dunes appeared slightly coarser than the beach sand. The south-west side of the beach is strewn with pebbles and cobbles.

There are no obvious watercourses discharging onto Fistral beach and there is no associated valley or wetland area.

The tops of the dunes are narrow and their landward extent is constrained by the Newquay Golf Club course. Winter vegetation is sparse and the dunes are in a poor condition. The active face is high and steep.

There are active dune management activities to trap sand at the base of the active face on the north-east side using old Christmas trees.

At the south-west end there is rock armour placed at the base of recent cliff falls. At the north-east end, commercial buildings are protected by rock armour and some gabions. The north-east end cliff is blanketed by succulent non-native vegetation.

Walkover report and photos of 12 January 2022


Closed system. Issues with windblown sand. Poor ecological condition. Coastal squeeze. Recreational pressure. Poor interpretation. WWII features.
Potential Actions
Deliver dune restoration works.
Community Groups
  • Friends of Fistral Dunes,
  • Newquay Marine Group
Key Stakeholders
  • Newquay Town Council
  • Cornwall Council.
CCMA potential
Newquay is already designated as a Coastal Change Management Area but a Coastal Change Management Plan is needed.

Shoreline Management Plan
SMP Management Area: MA31
SMP Policy Unit: PU31.6
SMP Policies:
  • Present - Hold The Line
  • Transition - Managed Realignment
  • Target - Managed Realignment
Link to SMP Chapter 4 assessment for Management Area 31

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