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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Sufficient

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Porth is a rural north west facing beach, which is narrow and has a shallow incline. Exposed to Atlantic swells. Easy access makes it popular with families and those with walking difficulties.


Surfing is not permitted during summer season between 10am and 6pm when lifeguards are on duty. There is a pitch and putt and a crazy golf course on Trevelgue Head. Trevelgue Head is a fascinating ancient monument which displays the foundations of an Iron Age coastal settlement.

Wildlife and Walks

Porth Island on the eastern side of the beach is the site of an Iron Age settlement and is linked to the mainland by a footbridge. Beneath it there are caves which can be explored at low tide and is said they were once used by smugglers.

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 Sufficient

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.


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

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 Porth

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



Parking available at beach level.

Dog restrictions


Seasonal ban in place between Easter Sunday and 30th September.

Beach cleaning

No current information.