Newquay is a seaside resort, town, fishing port and civil parish in Cornwall, England. It is located on the North Atlantic coast of Cornwall. In 1987, an area that oversees the River Gannel called Trethellan Farm was certified to have a Bronze Age village. The earliest trace of settlement in the Newquay area comprises of an old Iron Age hill fort/industrial centre which took advantage of the nearby abundant resources (including deposits of iron) and the superior natural defences provided by Trevelgue Head. Natural protection for the small fishing village from bad weather was provided by the current Newquay Harbour because of the curve of the headland.