SHARROW Beach in Whitsand Bay is one of the cleanest in the UK according to new research from energy comparison company SaveOnEnergy.

With foreign travel just opening up and only a handful of countries making the green list, staycations are on the cards for a lot of Brits this summer. But not all holidays live up to expectations, and some coastal trips can be let down by smelly water, littered sand and run-down towns. With this in mind, SaveOnEnergy set out to find Britain’s beaches with the cleanest, or filthiest, water. 

To do this, they investigated levels of faecal indicators — E. Coli (EC) and Intestinal Enterococci (IE) — in the ocean, as tested yearly by the Government, to find which beaches are best for a paddle and which are best left alone.

They analysed data from 546 beaches around England, Scotland and Wales, giving them a ranking from 0 (dirtiest) to 100 (cleanest). 

Sharrow Beach and Gyllyngvase, Falmouth, were revealed to be the cleanest out of all 546 analysed, each scoring a full 50/50 points for having the lowest levels of E. Coli and Intestinal Enterococci, meaning they both finish with a perfect 100/100 for cleanliness. 

The second cleanest beaches in England are Gwynver Beach, Penzance, and Fistral South Beach, Newquay. Both beaches finished with a final cleanliness score of 99.3/100. Both scored a full 50/50 points for the lowest levels of EC, and were just pipped to the post with their levels of IE which scored 49.3/50 each. 

In third is Booby’s Bay, near Padstow, with a cleanliness score of 98.6/100. The bay received the same score for both EC and IE levels (49.3/50), and ranks fourth overall in Britain.