Porthzennor Cove


Porthzennor Cove
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Porthzennor lies on the South West Coast Path, between St Just and St Ives, and to the east of Zennor Head. A rugged, rocky coastline with panoramic seascape views. Perfect for coastal walkers to explore and just a short distance from the village of Zennor.


Snorkelling and swimming are possible at high tide but make sure the conditions are right. Interesting rockpooling at low tide.

Wildlife and Walks

Excellent for exploring and walking - the beach is on the South West Coast Path.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 Not tested

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.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

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 Porthzennor Cove



Car park in Zennor, below the Tinners Arms, with a walk to the cove (there are a choice of routes to reach the cove).

Dog restrictions


Dogs welcome.

Beach cleaning

No current information.