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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

An old fishing cove which lies in front of the village, locally know as “Pralla”, which is made up of pebbles, shale and dark sand. There are hills on either side of the cove and a pub right next to the beach.


The village once had a thriving Pilchard fishing Industry. Fishing still continues today but on a much smaller scale. continues on a much smaller scale. The beach lies on a glacial fault line, attracting geologists from afar.

Wildlife and Walks

Coastal walks to the east to Helford River and to the west to Coverack. The beach is on the SW Coast Path.

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

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

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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Porthallow

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



Free parking for up to 100 cars.

Dog restrictions


No current information

Beach cleaning

No current information