Consultation on New Designated Bathing Waters in Cornwall

Cornwall Council is welcoming a consultation launched by DEFRA asking for views on a proposal, put forward by the Council, to designate an additional eight beaches in Cornwall as bathing waters.

  • 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
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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.

Cornwall Council has been pro-active in requesting that these beaches be designated as it is important that people who use them are given a more informed choice about whether they go into the water based on reliable information about its water quality.

If, as a result of this consultation, DEFRA decides that 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 the Council 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.

Cornwall Council would encourage beach users and anybody who uses these bathing waters to give their feedback to DEFRA via their website, email or by post.

Take part in DEFRA's consultation

The consultation closes 12 April 2017

Or you can contact the DEFRA Bathing Water Team by post at

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

Or email to bathingwater@defra.gsi.gov.uk.