Poldhu Cove


Poldhu Cove
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Poldhu and neighbouring Church cove are small sandy coves with cliffs on either side and sand dunes. The beach, also known as Black Pool Cove, is popular with bathers and surfers. A monument to Inventor and Physicist, Marconi, can be found here atop Angrouse Cliff. A stream runs across the beach.


You can build sand castles and play beach volleyball at this much loved beach. At low tide you can enjoy rockpooling, swimming, surfing (there is a small surf school nearby) and windsurfing (take note: there is zoning for water sports activities).

Wildlife and Walks

There are coastal walks to the west towards Gunwalloe and Porthleven and eastwards towards Polurrian. To the south, The Lizard Peninsula has excellent walking. Basking sharks, dolphins and seals may be seen and, in summer, sand martins nest in the soft cliffs.

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

2018 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.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Poldhu Cove

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



Both beaches have pay and display parking for around 200 cars including disabled spaces.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are not allowed on the beach between Easter Sunday and 30 September.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly by volunteers.


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