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Top 10 beaches with the cleanest – and dirtiest

A BEACH in Cornwall topped the list of the cleanest in Britain.

Treyarnon Bay took pole position in a list dominated by Cornwall and Dorset.

Treyarnon Bay Beach near Padstow in Cornwall has the cleanest waters in the UK

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Treyarnon Bay Beach near Padstow in Cornwall has the cleanest waters in the UKPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor
Shell Bay in Dorset was ranked second for the cleanest waters in Britain

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Shell Bay in Dorset was ranked second for the cleanest waters in BritainPhoto credit: Robert Harding World Imagery – Getty
Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset was ranked third for the cleanest beach water in the UK

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Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset was ranked third for the cleanest beach water in the UKPhoto credit: Getty

Data from 425 beaches in England, Scotland and Wales was analyzed to identify the cleanest and dirtiest beaches across the UK.

But when it comes to dirt, it’s not just about trash and washed-up plastic waste.

The ranking is based on the total number of E. coli found in the water over the past two years.

E. coli is referred to as a “faecal indicator” and is found in the intestines and feces of humans and animals.

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While its presence in beach water is not necessarily harmful to humans, it can indicate the presence of other, more dangerous bacteria.

If it gets into your system, some E. coli can cause illnesses like diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps.

Treyarnon Bay topped the list for clean beach water with an E. coli count of just 50.

The second cleanest beach is Shell Bay in Dorset, with an E. coli count of 51, just short of the top spot.

Third place also went to Dorset, where Kimmeridge Bay scored an E. coli count of just 53.

Outside of Cornwall and Dorset, Devon was the only other place to make the top ten list, with Combesgate Beach finishing seventh.

The best beaches in the UK for clean water

  1. Treyarnon Bay, Cornwall
  2. Shell Bay, Dorset
  3. Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset
  4. Kennack Sands, Cornwall
  5. Durdle Door East, Dorset
  6. Constantine Bay, Cornwall
  7. Combesgate Beach, Devon
  8. Church Bay, Cornwall
  9. Poole Shore Road Beach, Dorset
  10. Praa Sands East, Cornwall

Meanwhile, waters on other UK beaches told a very different story, with water at St Annes Beach in Lancashire showing a staggering E. coli count of 4338.

Plymouth Hoe East Beach in Devon was ranked second worst for water quality with an E. coli count of 3611 in the sample water and Bowleaze Cove in Dorset was third worst with a count of 3349.

In fact, Lancashire’s beaches dominated the list for the dirtiest beach waters.

Worst beaches in the UK for clean water

  1. St Annes Beach, Lancashire
  2. East Plymouth Hoe Beach, Devon
  3. Bowleaze Cove, Dorset
  4. Thurlestone South, Devon
  5. Cleethorpes Beach, Lincolnshire
  6. Scarborough South Bay, North Yorkshire
  7. Blackpool Central Beach, Lancashire
  8. Broadstairs, Vikings Bay, Lancashire
  9. Lyme Regis Front Beach, Dorset
  10. Ansteys Cove Torquay, Devon

Mark Hall, the co-founder of BuisnessWaste, which commissioned the research, spoke about the importance of keeping coastal waters safe.

He said: “With summer travel returning to normal this year, deciding on a beach spot could be a hot topic for the next few months.

“You’ll probably avoid beaches filled with rubbish and washed-up plastic, but you might not immediately think of what dangerous bacteria could be lingering in the water.

“We hope our study of the cleanest and dirtiest beaches will help you make this important decision, and we urge you to stay safe in these coastal waters too!”

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A recent poll of British tourists revealed the top ten seaside resorts in the UK – and surprisingly, Cornwall didn’t make the list.

The Sun Online also revealed Britain’s most beautiful beaches, according to Instagram, and this time Cornwall took first place.

Lytham St Annes beach in Lancashire has been voted Britain's worst beach for its clean water

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Lytham St Annes beach in Lancashire has been voted Britain’s worst beach for its clean waterCredit: Alamy
Plymouth Hoe in Devon is the second most dangerous beach in the UK when it comes to bacteria

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Plymouth Hoe in Devon is the second most dangerous beach in the UK when it comes to bacteriaCredit: Alamy
Bowleaze Cove Beach in Dorset ranked third for most bacteria with an E.coli count of 3349

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Bowleaze Cove Beach in Dorset ranked third for most bacteria with an E.coli count of 3349Credit: Alamy

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