The next day, before heading off on the train to Penzance, I spent the morning walking round the bay again. I had been intrigued by a small white building, on what turned out to be a headland, on the opposite side of the bay.
You can just about see it on the green hump in the middle of the picture
Coastguard’s Lookout On Towan Head Receiving a Fresh Lick of Paint
“On the top of the headland you will see an unusual eight sided building, this was the coastguard lookout station. Newquay’s seafaring heritage has not always been wholly legal and there is much evidence that smuggling was not uncommon. From here the preventative Men, employed by the port of Padstow, could keep a watchful eye for smugglers, sometimes known as Freetraders, engaged in their illegal pursuits.” [Source]
The Coastguard’s Lookout