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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Small sheltered cove which looks out across Falmouth Bay, popular with holiday makers and locals alike. Pendennis Castle and the lighthouse on St Anthony Head can be seen from the beach.


A busy beach for water sports, including: swimming, sailing, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, canoeing, boating and body boarding. There is zoning for water sports and board hire is available.

Wildlife and Walks

The South West Coast Path runs along the beach. Dolphins and basking sharks are occasionally sighted. The vibrant town of Falmouth is nearby.

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 Good

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

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

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

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 Maenporth

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



There is a car park by the beach. 50 spaces available. A parking fee applies.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed Easter to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Cleaned by hand and mechanically during the summer.