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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

Close to Portscatho, this is an isolated sandy beach backed by cliffs. The beach is reached by a footpath through fields and then steep, zigzagged steps. The Hidden Hut café is open during the summer.


There are excellent rockpools to explore!

Wildlife and Walks

There are walks along a coastal footpath to Portscatho around St Anthony Headland (west), or to Carne/Pendower beaches (east). Keep your eye on the sea for whales and basking sharks.

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
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 Porthcurnick

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Council car park above. Walk down through the fields to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed all year.

Beach cleaning

No current information