Gunwalloe Fishing Cove


Gunwalloe Fishing Cove
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A picturesque cove with a sandy beach scattered with sand and pebbles and backed by low-lying dunes. The small church, St Wynwallow, which is tucked into the headland, gives the beach its other name - Gunwalloe Church Cove.


A beautiful popular beach excellent for swimming, rockpooling, bodyboarding and enjoying the sunshine! The beach is on the SW Coast Path.

Wildlife and Walks

This is a long beach stretching to Porthleven in the north. It is also on the South West coast path.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 Not tested

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.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
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

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Facilities at Gunwalloe Fishing Cove

Toilets Toilets



There is a car park nearby.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed between Easter Sunday and 30 September (7:00am - 7:00pm).

Beach cleaning

No current information.