Towan Beach


Towan Beach
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A shingle and sandy beach with many rockpools exposed at low tide. Refreshments are available during the summer months, provided by The Thirstea Co. Try kayaking or wild swimming with Lavatories and information area.


A beach loved by families and great for swimming and enjoying the fantastic scenery. The coastal walking around the area is excellent.

Wildlife and Walks

Walk around the headland visiting secluded beaches, discover historic buildings and cliff-top paths - the beach lies on the SW 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

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

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 Towan Beach

Toilets Toilets



National Trust car park at Porth, members park for free. Pay & display.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed. Please clear up and take all litter home.

Beach cleaning

Please help to keep the beach clean and take your litter home.