Cornwall beaches awarded Blue Flag status
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
A number of beaches across Cornwall have been awarded Blue Flag status, which is hoped to boost the tourism to the county this summer. The award is given out for beaches with high water quality and their safety.
A Blue Flag status means a beach is one of the best in the world, and the Duchy has more than anywhere else in the UK. Tourism bosses hope that more people visiting Cornwall will visit the sands that have the awards.
Peter Norfolk, a Paralympic tennis player who raised the Blue Flag at Porthtowan, said: "You can look on the internet and you can see the water quality, the quality of the beach and all that, and you know that you are getting a very good standard, if you are going to swim or body board or surf you know that you are not going to have any pollutants there in the water."
Some Cornish businesses helped raise money for beaches to apply for the high quality status, and now eight across the county have been named as Blue Flag status. There are only 68 beaches with that status in the UK.
Neil Hembrow from Keep Britain Tidy said: "There are eight Blue Flag beaches for Cornwall, which is fantastic, that is a really high number, in the UK there are only 68, for any beach to receive Blue Flag they are really the crème de la crème of beaches."
Our boutique hotel in Golant is close to many fantastic beaches, making it the perfect destination for a beach holiday this summer. With a three-month heatwave heading to Cornwall too, the summer of 2016 is definitely the best time to visit the South West.
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