Porthoustock

Cornwall

Porthoustock
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A small pebble beach, locally known as Pro’stock, which is backed by low green cliffs. The beach is close to the famous Mannacles rocks and a working gravel pit - the West of England Quarry.

Activities

Excellent for diving - many ships have run around here having smashed into the hidden Mannacle rocks.

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

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.

Weather

This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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 Porthoustock

Toilets Toilets

Parking

 

There is free parking near the beach but please do not obstruct local fishermen’s boats.

Dog restrictions

 

No current information

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None.