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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

Gyllyngvase Beach is a typical family resort beach. Its long deep sandy stretch of coast attracts both visitors and residents year round. The beach is set just off the main link road that leads to the Castle headland. The entrance to the beach is flat without steps.


Popular activities include: swimming, sailing, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, wind surfing, canoeing and body boarding. Rent equipment is available and zoning is in place for activities.

Wildlife and Walks

A pleasant beach walk takes you along the Bay and around Pendennis Headland. Good rock pools can be found between Gyllyngvase beach and Pendennis Headland. Cetaceans and basking sharks are regular visitors.

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.


There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

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Facilities at Gyllyngvase

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



Pay parking available - 107 spaces including 2 disabled bays.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed Easter to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 20th May - 1st October 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.