Is it Safe to Swim at these Cornish Beaches?


DEFRA asking for views on a proposal to designate an additional eight beaches in Cornwall as “bathing waters”. It’s up to you where you swim but in some places we simply don’t know how clean the water is.

In Cornwall there are currently 81 designated bathing waters but some of our beaches are not currently designated which means that bathing water samples are not taken from them and so we have no official data on the quality of the bathing water at these beaches.

SO… they want your feedback on the following beaches…

Booby’s Bay, near St Merryn
Godrevy, The Towans, Hayle
Gwynver, Whitesand Bay
Northcott Mouth, near Bude
South Fistral, Newquay
Mexico Towan, Hayle
Tregonhawke, Whitsand Bay
Upton Towan, Hayle


If, as a result of this consultation, DEFRA decides that the seas at these beaches are classed as designated bathing waters, then these 8 sites, along with the other 80 plus sites in Cornwall, will have regular water samples taken throughout the summer which will be analysed by the Environment Agency. This will enable each site to be given a classification so not only will beach users know about water quality, but we will be able to help ensure that standards are maintained or push for action if, for any reason, the water quality does not meet stringent international criteria.

You can complete the consultation, which runs until 12 April 2017, online via DEFRA website, or by writing to

Bathing Water Team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Area 3D Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR

or by email to