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Ranked: The 'cleanest' beach in the UK has been revealed and the 'crystal clear' water looks like it belongs in the Mediterranean

MyLondon logo MyLondon 13/05/2022 Rebecca Nicholson

The cleanest beach for sea swimming in the UK has been revealed — and Cornwall's Treyarnon Bay has scooped first place for its glistening, hygienic waters.

BusinessWaste.co.uk analysed government water quality data over the past two years from 425 beaches across England, Scotland and Wales. Their data revealed the cleanest and dirtiest beaches across Britain. And it found that in terms of water purity - it doesn't get much better than in Cornwall, with 5 out of the 10 beaches being in the holiday hotspot itself!

The rankings used were based on the total count of E. Coli, a fecal indicator detected in the seawater during routine government testing over the past two years.

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Even the sand looks like it belongs in the Mediterranean © Getty Even the sand looks like it belongs in the Mediterranean

Treyarnon Bay Beach, between Constantine Bay and Porthcothan Bay, was Britain’s cleanest beach, with a score of 50. In comparison, Britain's worst beach, in Lancashire, came out with a score of 4338.

Kennack Sands, on the Lizard peninsula, received a score of 54 putting it in 4th place, and Constantine Bay received a score of 56 placing it in 6th. Church Cove, on the eastern side of the Lizard Point, was also awarded an impressive score of 57 putting it in 8th place and finally, Praa Sands East received a score of 67 putting it in 10th. That's 5 Cornwall beaches in the top 10!

No Cornwall beaches appeared on the 'worst beaches' list for Britain, but Plymouth Hoe East Beach came in as the 2nd worst beach in the UK with a score of 3611 - putting it just behind St Anne's Beach in Lancashire. The full lists can be viewed below.

The bay is only a 15 minute from the popular Cornwall town of Padstow © Getty The bay is only a 15 minute from the popular Cornwall town of Padstow

The best beaches in Britain for clean water

  • Treyarnon Bay, Cornwall - 50
  • Shell Bay, Dorset - 51
  • Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset - 53
  • Kennack Sands, Cornwall - 54
  • Durdle Door East, Dorset - 55
  • Constantine Bay, Cornwall - 56
  • Combesgate Beach, Devon - 56
  • Church Cove, Cornwall - 57
  • Poole Shore Road Beach, Dorset - 58
  • Praa Sands East, Cornwall - 67

The worst beaches in Britain for clean water

  • St Annes Beach, Lancashire - 4338
  • Plymouth Hoe East Beach, Devon - 3611
  • Bowleaze Cove, Dorset - 3349
  • Thurlestone South, Devon - 3095
  • Cleethorpes Beach, Lincolnshire - 2764
  • Scarborough South Bay, North Yorkshire - 2663
  • Blackpool Central Beach, Lancashire - 2502
  • Broadstairs, Viking Bay, Kent - 2482
  • Lyme Regis Front Beach, Dorset - 2464

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