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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Padstow used to be a thriving fishing port. Now it is a typical picturesque Cornish village with narrow streets and pastel white-washed walls. It is set on the beautiful Camel Estuary, an AONB. Padstow port is well-known for its exceptional eateries.


At Padstow you can explore the rock pools a low tide or try your hand at body boarding and surfing (there is a local surf school). There is excellent walking and cycling here - Padstow is the start and end point of the Camel Cycle Trail.

Wildlife and Walks

Exploring the town is a must but you can also follow the South West Coast path to Stepper point or take the ferry and explore the opposite bank of the estuary.

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

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

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 Padstow

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Parking available in Padstow.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information.