Not just good, but ‘Excellent’ – tests report on bathing water in North Cornwall

November 13th, 2014

As if you need any more reason to visit the region while you enjoy our luxury Cornwall self-catering accommodation, it has been confirmed that the bathing water at all of North Cornwall’s beaches has been tested and registered in a class that typifies our popular tourist destination – excellent.


Environment Agency classifications released on Thursday 13 November by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs show that out of the 82 bathing waters tested across Cornwall all cleared the good (mandatory) standard and 75 went further to meet the excellent (guideline) standard.

North Cornwall’s MP and Lib Dem Environment Minister Dan Rogerson said: “Our beaches and bathing waters are hugely important – not only for local people and for our vital tourism businesses, but also for the environment and wildlife too.”

As of 2015 the bathing water quality will be measured under stricter levels to meet the revised EU Bathing Water Quality Directive, meaning that officials will need to keep improving their efforts to maintain the level of standards currently achieved.

A full list of beaches and their classification rating can be found at:

Projected classifications for beaches using the stricter measures to be introduced next year can be found at:

Image: Kathryn Yengel under creative commons.