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Cornwall is renowned for its wealth of beautiful beaches and it has recently been announced that eight beaches in the Duchy could receive special status.

These beaches are set to be named “safe swimming spots” and would become designated bathing waters, meaning visitors staying in one of our luxury coastal cottages in Cornwall could soon safely take a dip just as you would abroad – a popular activity in the nearby coastal destinations.

Booby's Bay near St Merryn, Gwenver near Sennen, Northcott Mouth near Bude, South Fistral in Newquay, Tregonhawke in Whitsand Bay and Mexico Towans, Godrevy and Upton Towans in Hayle are all being considered for the special status.

These beaches will join 81 others across the county which have already received the special status. Once the status is granted, samples of water will be taken to collate data on its quality, showing visitors when it is safe to bathe there.

Speaking to Pirate FM, Kelly Edwards from Sea Spray cafe at South Fistral, believes the new status will really boost the local areas.

She said, “We have a section of our beach right in front of us that is surrounded by rocks, so a lot of families use that so their kids can't run off.

“So having clean bathing waters right in front of that will be fantastic and will bring more people this way – I think it will really make this side of Fistral something that is worth coming to.”

DEFRA are now discussing giving these eight beaches the status to allow the Environment Agency to analyse the water around these shores throughout the summer months.

Top swimming spots in Cornwall

With more Cornish beaches set to become safe swimming spots and the fact lifeguards are coming back to Cornwall’s beaches ahead of Easter, we take a look at some of the top destinations you can go swimming in the county.

Kynance Cove

Not only is Kynance Cove one of Cornwall’s most well-known and spectacular beaches, it is also one of the safest beaches you can swim at.

Its clear, azure waters make it a perfect location for snorkelling and swimming. At low tide you can even walk into sea caves and search lots of rock pools.

Port Gaverne

This beach, near Port Isaac, boasts a wonderful, sheltered inlet with waters that are safe for children to swim in and lots of caves that stronger swimmers can explore.

If you are a keen walker, then there are also plenty of cliff walks you can enjoy and magnificent views to enjoy along the way.

Porthcurno Beach

This popular family beach is full of soft sand that is perfect for building sandcastles or digging holes. There is a stream at the top of the beach that is also perfect for children to paddle in.

The Minack Theatre and the Telegraphy Museum are close by, which means you could easily spend a whole day in the area.