Gorran Haven (Vault)


Gorran Haven (Vault)
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Sheltered on the eastern side of Dodman Point, a sweep of sand and shingle below steep bracken and heather covered cliffs. A good beach for children with gently shelving sand. The nearby cliffs rise to an impressive 110 metres.


The beach is used for swimming and surfing (more experienced surfers only). There is no zoning for water sports activities. There is occasional gig racing and a Harbour Day / Carnival in June each year in the village.

Wildlife and Walks

The Cornish Coast Path crosses the beach. There are some good rock pools on the beach.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Gorran Haven (Vault)

Toilets Toilets



The National Trust car park has around 50 spaces.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed but please keep under control and on a lead.

Beach cleaning