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Praa Sands (East)

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Praa Sands (East)
Cornwall, TR20 9TX, Lat/Long 50.0987, -5.37734

Popular with surfers when there's a good swell and northerly winds. There are rock pools at low tide.

Water quality

  • A small stream approximately 300 metres long and channelled underground, enters the sea at the beach. Most of the freshwater reaching Praa Sands East is from direct runoff along the steeply sloping coast. Land use is agricultural with just one or two farms, and there is a large amount of arable land
  • This bathing water is not affected by South West Water overflows
  • There is no mains sewerage in the village. There are caravan parks, homes, and hotels that have private sewage treatment arrangements. The Environment Agency do not believe these are a source of pollution to the bathing water. If any concerns arise, the Environment Agency will investigate and request immediate remedial action from those responsible.

Local activities and interests

There are coastal walks to the east of Praa Sands towards Rinsey and Porthleven and to the west towards Penzance. During the spring and summer basking sharks, seals and dolphins may be seen off the beach.

Facilities include cafe/restaurant, toilets (including disabled), first aid post, shops, campsite, caravan park, pub.

For RNLI lifeguard season dates click here.

Good Beach Guide: Praa Sands (East)

factors affecting bathing water quality

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