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Portwrinkle

Cornwall

Set in front of Portwrinkle, a tradition fishing village, the beach is located just the other side of the Tamar from Plymouth. This tranquil sandy and rocky rural beach is popular with surfers and rock pool enthusiasts alike.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Excellent

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Portwrinkle beach

ToiletsLitter bins

Parking

Plenty of car parking available by the beach.

Dog restrictions

Dogs not allowed Easter to October 31st, when a seasonal ban is in place.

Beach cleaning

The beach is not cleaned.

Lifeguards

None

See safety tab

Activities

Investigate the rockpools at low tide and enjoy a much needed drink at the Jolly Roger Cafe which sits just behind the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is part of the coastal path. To the west is a small harbour and to the east is Tregantle Beach - behind this is Tregantle Fort - built under Lord Palmerston's premiership. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand, rock,

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

2016 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.

Find out how they compare.

Today’s daily pollution forecast

Daily water quality forecasts are made at some designated bathing waters during the bathing season which is May to September in England and Wales and June to September in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Water quality isn’t monitored outside of this time and daily pollution forecasts are not made – check back here during the bathing season for the latest forecasts.

Safety, Weather & Tides

Displaying nearest weather point within 10 miles of Portwrinkle

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

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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 Portwrinkle 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!

Fancy a fish dish?

Find an eatery with a Fish2fork sustainable seafood rating within 10 miles of Portwrinkle beach

Fish2Fork

We rate restaurants according to the impact the seafood they serve has on fish stocks and the health of our oceans.

Along with MCS we want all seafood served in the UK to be sustainable.

Visit Fish2fork website

Sustainable Blue fish - serving sustainable seafood
Sustainable Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is an MCS Fish to Avoid

Whitsand Bay HotelSustainable

The Finnygook InnSustainable

The ViewSustainable

Jolly Jacks Waterfront Bar and BistroSustainable

River Cottage Canteen - PlymouthSustainable

Las Iguanasunsustainable

Prezzounsustainable

Le Bistrot PierreSustainable

The Artillery TowerSustainable

Trawlers on the Quayunsustainable

Rock Salt Cafe & BrasserieSustainable

SproutsSustainable

FrancinesSustainable

West Hoe Fish FryersSustainable

Duke of CornwallSustainable

Steves Brasserieunsustainable

The Leandraunsustainable

The Grecian TavernaSustainable

Aglio OlioSustainable

Zeusunsustainable

Lorenzosunsustainable

MaritimoSustainable

Theatre Royal RestaurantSustainable

The Steak and OmeletteSustainable

The BankSustainable

KoishiiSustainable

Lanterns Kebab and Steak Houseunsustainable

Chloes RestaurantSustainable

Morgans Italian Mediterraneanunsustainable

The Berkeley Bar and GrillSustainable

The TreasurySustainable

Positanounsustainable

Tanners RestaurantSustainable

The ChancelSustainable

YukisanSustainable

Restaurant 60 & the NotteSustainable

ArribasSustainable

The Mission Bar & Restaurantunsustainable

Barbican KitchenSustainable

Spice Wellunsustainable

Noodle Loungeunsustainable

GotoSustainable

HakkaSustainable

YO! Sushi - PlymouthSustainable

Arthouseunsustainable

The Terrace CafeSustainable

Blues Bar and GrillSustainable

Mediterraneanunsustainable

Rockys Restaurantunsustainable

Seafood & Pasta Barunsustainable

BacaroSustainable

The ShipSustainable

Shirley Valentines TavernaSustainable

The Village Restaurantunsustainable

The Navy InnSustainable

Barbican Fish BarSustainable

Harbourside Fish and ChipsSustainable

ZuzimoSustainable

The Vauxhall Quayunsustainable

Plattersunsustainable

Glassblowing HouseSustainable

DuttonsSustainable

The Boathouse CafeSustainable

B.E.D Cafe Bar RestaurantSustainable

Meze Bar and GrillSustainable

Dolphin House BrazzerieSustainable

Imperial Gardenunsustainable

Bistro OneSustainable

PerillasSustainable

Rockfish Seafood - PlymouthSustainable

National Marine AquariumSustainable

Chandlers Bar & RestaurantSustainable

Lockyers QuaySustainable

Heaven Bar and Restaurantunsustainable

Thai in the ParkSustainable

The BridgeSustainable

Mussel InnSustainable

Langdon CourtSustainable

Click here to visit Fish2fork.

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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 Portwrinkle beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Anna Elliott
on 1 Oct 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jennifer Meza
on 10 Sep 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Justine Millard
on 10 Sep 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Katheryn Martin
on 27 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Karen Williams
on 18 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by John Hepburn
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Zillah Robertson
on 14 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rosie Barnfield
on 14 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Denise Lsrner
on 13 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Crook
on 12 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Liz Johnson
on 9 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jayne Laity
on 8 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sophie Budge
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chas Billing
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Holly Wales
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Liz Bailey
on 26 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Tori Froud
on 26 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Nigel Barton
on 25 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Emily Whiteway-wilkinson
on 24 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Karen Williams
on 24 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Tori Froud
on 22 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Karen Williams
on 20 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Abbi Scott
on 19 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lois Geach
on 24 Jun 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kirsty Nicholson
on 16 Jun 2016

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