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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 small sand and pebble beach about 150 metres in length. The beach is within easy reach of Falmouth and Swanpool Nature Reserve.


Popular activities include: swimming, fishing, canoeing and body boarding. There is board hire and a children’s area. An 18-hole crazy golf course is also nearby.

Wildlife and Walks

The South West Coast Path runs along this stretch of coast. There is a footpath around Swanpool Lake to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Nature reserve and beyond. Swanpool lake is a great for a spot of Birding.

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.


There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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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 Swanpool

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



Pay parking available (approximately 450 spaces).

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed Easter to September 30th. Please keep dogs on the lead - especially near Swanpool Nature Reserve.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily.