Great Western

Cornwall

Great Western
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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

A beautiful sheltered sandy beach surrounded by high cliffs. The beach is completely covered at high tide. Popular with surfers who want to avoid the heavy swells at Fistral beach and quieter than the neighbouring Towan beach. There is disability access to the beach via a private lift.

Activities

Great for swimming, surfing and sea canoeing. Surf boards are available for hire and there is zoning for surfing during lifeguard hours.

Wildlife and Walks

The Cornish Coastal Path runs through the town nearby and the St Piran cycle trail runs within a mile of the beach. There are some rock pools at the beach. Schools of dolphins and seals occasionally visit the bay.

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.

Weather

This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Strong winds Strong winds

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 Great Western

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway

Parking

 

Car parking available at the rail station and at Albany pay and display car parks 250m from the beach.

Dog restrictions

 

Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.

Lifeguards

Yes.

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.