The Lusty Glaze Story

Lusty Glaze is one of the few coastal beaches to have been rich in iron ore. To the right-hand side of this 120 acre site, a cave, once 200ft deep was mined for its minerals and abandoned in the late 1800’s. Both the awkward steps leading from the mouth of the cave to the top of the cliff and the deep, man-made scar which was carved out to winch ore deposit from the cove by horse and cart serve as a reminder of the site’s mining history. An ambitious project to create a tunnel from Lusty Glaze to St Columb minor was abandoned in the 1800’s.

It is unknown whether the mine ran dry or if it simply became financially unviable to continue with the excavation and transportation but in approximately 1929, Lusty Glaze Beach was sold by the Crown as a private ‘bathing resort’.

The name Lusty Glaze is believed to derive from the Cornish translation of “a place to view blue boats”. The transportation methods employed to take the ore away from the site were alleged to have been little blue boats that could clearly be seen moving to and from the town’s picturesque harbour.

In order to move the bounty from the beach to the harbour during big seas, horses and carts would move the iron ore across the town beaches to the harbour. It is for this reason that Lusty Glaze has the unique advantage of the registered land being owned to the low water mark.


Lusty Glaze has, to this day, retained an element of this charm; purpose-built wooden huts replace the canvas stripes and it is favoured by the local community and families who prefer its quirkiness to the mass of tourism on the main Newquay beaches.

Since its original sale by the Crown, there have been 5 privileged owners. Cornish born and bred Tracey, purchased the site in 1999 when it was in a derelict state and this is where perhaps the most dynamic stage of the site’s development began.

The beach is now home to a fabulous team who cater for sun-worshippers, holiday makers, adrenaline junkies, food lovers, wedding couples and those simply seeking some escape from the daily grind.

We hope that you enjoy our home and your visit to Lusty Glaze Beach Resort.

Jonny Giddens Photography