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Fistral South

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Fistral South
Cornwall, TR7 1HY

Half a mile west of Newquay, Fistral is one of the UK's best surfing beaches. It is split into two halves, North Fistral and South Fistral, and backed by steep sand dunes. The reef at the northern end, known as the Cribbar, is considered by many to be Cornwall's top big wave spot. South Fistral is the quieter of the two beaches, great for those who want space, quiet or to paddle.

Water quality

  • Benefits from the 2000 Newquay Clean Sweep scheme
  • Newquay sewage treatment works offers secondary treatment with ultraviolet disinfection
  • The outfall from the works discharges to sea at Towan Head and is disinfected and designed to protect bathing water quality
  • There are storm overflows from Yellowsands and Towan Head pumping stations. These overflows exist to protect homes, gardens, roads and open spaces from sewer flooding normally after storms

Bathing water quality in this area can be affected by urban drainage.

Local activities and interests

  • Surfing and swimming
  • Café/restaurant and shop
  • Free on-road parking
  • Public toilets
  • For RNLI lifeguard season dates click here.

Good Beach Guide: South Fistral

factors affecting bathing water quality

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