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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sheltered sandy cove (1/2km in length) with stone walkways as a backdrop. It’s the smallest beach in St Ives and is very popular with families.


A peaceful and quiet family beach, excellent for relaxing and enjoying the fabulous scenery. You can swim, build sand castles in the gorgeous golden sand and there’s lovely food in the town just a short walk away.

Wildlife and Walks

There are picturesque walks around the famous Island. Sea life such as dolphins and seals can often be seen off the beach. Excellent bird life around the Island.

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.


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 Porthgwidden

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Car parking at the top of the town with a steep slope to the beach. There is a Porthgwidden car park for permit holders only.

Dog restrictions


Seasonal ban in place between the first Sunday before Easter and 30th September.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly.