Portreath

Cornwall

Portreath
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sand and shingle beach set in a bay backed by cliffs on one side and the pier and car park on the other. A stream runs down the middle of the beach to the sea. The beach is popular with families and surfers. Sandchair hire is available.

Activities

A hollow and dangerous wave breaks off the pier which is popular with bodyboarders - only experienced surfers or bodyboarders should attempt this wave. Rock pools are visible at low tide.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is on the South West Coastal Path. There are walk/cycle routes through nearby Illogan Woods and also Tehidy Woods. There is also “Portreath Tramways” for walking or cycling.

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

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
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 Portreath

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins

Parking

 

There is a private car park holding around 100 cars. There is a charge for parking here.

Dog restrictions

 

Seasonal ban in place between Easter Sunday and 30th September (7:00am-7:00pm).

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.

Lifeguards

Yes.

Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 20th May - 1st October 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.