Beaches in Cornwall
Last updated: 28/10/2013
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This page provides a list of the main beaches within
Cornwall that are regularly used by beach users and have a
lifeguard service provided by Cornwall council. Information
includes surf and water safety, amenities, beach cleaning and dogs
Cornwall Council own some of the beaches mentioned whilst others
are owned privately either by the National Trust or by private
Cornwall council contracts out its Beach Lifeguard Service to
the RNLI. The main lifeguard season runs from May-September.
However, this does vary from beach to beach. For advice on staying
safe at the beach please view the:
dog friendly beaches is available from Visit Cornwall. There is
also detailed beach information for Cornish beaches, including
those not managed or lifeguarded by Cornwall Council on the
Cornwall beaches website.
Beaches in West Cornwall
Beachview, Hayle | Carbis
Bay | Godrevy, Hayle | Gwithian,
Hayle | Hayle Towans, Hayle | Mexico Towans, Hayle | Perranporth | Perran
Sands | Peter's Point, Hayle | Porthkidney | Porthmeor, St Ives| Porthminster | Porthtowan | Portreath | St
Agnes | Upton Towans, Hayle
Beaches in North Cornwall
Blackrock, Widemouth | Booby's Bay, Constantine | Chapel
Porth | Constantine | Crackington Haven | Crantock | Crooklets, Bude | Fistral | Great
Western | Harlyn | Holywell
Bay | Mawgan Porth | Northcott | Polzeath | Porth | Porthcothan | Sandymouth | Summerleaze, Bude | Tolcarne | Towan |
Trebarwith Strand | Trevone | Treyarnon | Watergate
Bay | Widemouth
Beaches in South Cornwall
Church Cove, Gunwalloe | Downderry | Gwenver,
Sennen | Gyllyngvase | Hannafore | Kennack | Marazion | Poldhu
Cove| Polurrian Cove | Porthleven | Porthcurno | Praa
Sands | Seaton | Sennen |
There are 82 designated bathing waters in Cornwall in 2012. For
a summary of the 2012 season's monitoring results please view our
water results' document. For full details on the bathing
water quality at the beaches please visit the Environment
Water Quality Results pages. Any queries relating to bathing
water quality results please use the EA's Cornwall office contact
The Environment Agency also publish
bathing water profiles that give details on features that may
affect water quality on beaches.
We also have a page on any Bathing
Water Quality Incidents that may occur on our beaches which
we've developed as part of Bathing Water Quality Partnership
between the Council, Environment Agency, South West Water and
Surfers Against Sewage.
Visitors to 21 of Cornwall’s beaches can now check live
bathing water quality information every day on a new Beach Live website developed by
South West Water.
Beach Live gives visitors live information on risks to
bathing water quality caused by overflows in the public sewage
network. Overflows are rare and help protect homes from internal
flooding but can affect water quality.
Working in partnership with Surfers Against Sewage (SAS),
tourism bodies, beach managers and local authorities, South
West Water is offering advice on overflows at 21 of the South
West’s best loved beaches.
Beaches covered in Cornwall by the programme are: Summerleaze,
Crantock, Gyllyngvase, Polzeath, Porthleven, Porthminster,
Porthtowan, The Towans (Hayle to Godrevy), Porthmeor, Trevaunance
Cove, Seaton-Looe, Rock, Porth Newquay, Fistral Bay, Perran Sands,
Par, Mawgan Porth, Bude-Crooklets.
Cornwall has been awarded 6 Blue Flag 2012 Awards for its
beaches. Five of these beaches are managed/owned by
Cornwall Council, they are: Porthmeor, Porthminster, Gyllyngvase,
Porthtowan and Polzeath. Carbis Bay has also received a Blue Flag
Award this year. For further information on Blue
Flag please visit ENCAMS Blue Flag Award
For information on other beaches in Cornwall that are not
mentioned here, as either they're privately owned or haven't a
lifeguard service please view Visit Cornwall
Beach Management Strategy
Cornwall Council has produced a Beach
Management Strategy to detail the future of the beaches owned
in part or in full by Cornwall Council.
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