Red Wharf Bay


Red Wharf Bay
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Red Wharf Bay is a large bay which at low tide forms an extensive area of fine sand and is a designated nature reserve.


Boating and sailing are popular here. The beach is part of an AONB and Pentreath forest, to the east, had red squirrels. Otters have been spotted here and there are many gulls and wading birds.

Wildlife and Walks

The whole bay is a designated nature reserve and the area is steeped in history, with Castell Mawr sitting prominently on its outcrop of limestone to the north. Cors Erddreiniog reserve is also nearby.

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

2018 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

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Facilities at Red Wharf Bay

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Slipway Slipway



There is parking next to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information