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Porthtowan

Cornwall

Porthtowan is a sandy beach flanked by steep cliffs on West Cornwall's north coast within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a popular beach for surfers and families alike. Porthtowan is within the St Agnes AONB.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2015 Excellent

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Facilities at Porthtowan beach

Food availableToiletsLitter bins

Parking

There is car parking for 137 cars - there is a seasonal charge. There are also 4 disabled spaces.

Dog restrictions

Seasonal ban in place betwteen Easter day to 1st October.

Beach cleaning

Beach manually cleaned daily during the summer by the council.

Lifeguards

Yes

Dates and times | See safety tab

Activities

Swimming, fishing, canoeing and surfing are all popular. Board hire is available and there is zoning for water sports.

Wildlife and Walks

The South West Coast Path along the top of the cliffs north towards Chapel Porth makes a wonderful scenic walk. Beware the tide comes in quickly at Chapel Porth covering this stretch of coast completely. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, from 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

2015 Excellent

What’s 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.

These new European standards are based on the latest health advice and are roughly twice as tough as the old ones. They use the latest four years of data, rather than a single year. Find out how they compare.

Safety, Weather & Tides

Displaying nearest weather point within 10 miles of Porthtowan

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

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Dates and times

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

Beach Cleans

We need you!

Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Porthtowan beach

There are currently no beach cleans within 10 miles of this beach!

All of our cleans are run by volunteers so why not organise your own? We’ve got loads of information to help you get started.

Click here to see all events around the UK.

Beachwatch graphic - our success

Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

recycle icon Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it

Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Porthtowan beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Katherine Pinching
on 8 Sep 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Clare Embling
on 19 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Carol Silverman
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Richard Croome
on 15 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rachel Wakefield
on 15 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Elena Maher
on 14 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ruth Sparrey
on 11 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Brown
on 7 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jenny Salmon
on 5 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Juliet Turner
on 2 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by David Kingston
on 30 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Brown
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Carolyn Goff
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Beth Simons
on 23 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Paul Laughey
on 18 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Richard Croome
on 16 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Carmen Stamper
on 16 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Trudgian
on 14 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Wendy Whitridge
on 12 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by John Kinsey
on 11 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Delia Webb
on 10 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kate Williams
on 7 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Peel
on 2 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Elaine Nelson
on 2 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Natasha Ewins
on 13 Jun 2016

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