Town of Newquay, Cornwall
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Newquay (Cornish: Tewynn Pleustri) is a fishing port on the north Atlantic coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Newquay is bounded to the west by the Gannel River and its associated salt marsh, and in the east by the Porth valley. The town of Newquay has been expanding inland (south) since it was founded. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 19,423. Newquay is now a major tourist destination, with ten long and accessible sandy beaches. The town has a resident population can increase to 100,000 or more in the summer because Newquay has a large stock of holiday accommodation. The resort of Newquay styles itself "The Surfing Capital of Britain" with many surf shops, board manufacturers and hire shops in the town. Fistral Beach hosts major international competitions, and Towan, Great Western and Tolcarne Beaches nearer the town and nearby Crantock Bay and Watergate Bay also provide high quality breaks. Newquay railway station is the terminus of the Atlantic Coast Line that runs from Par and is situated close to the beaches on the east side of the town centre. The passenger service dates from 20 June 1874, but a goods line known as the Newquay Railway was opened in 1846 from nearby mines to the harbour. Newquay Airport provides links to other parts of the British Isles.