Vault Bow Beach (aka Bow Beach)

Vault beach, also known as Bow beach, is a wide sand/shingle beach backed by heather-covered cliffs. The cliffs at Dodmans Point rise to 110m.

A small National Trust car park with then a 10-minute or so walk down to the beach but no other facilities.

Vault Bow Beach has dog restrictions.
Vault (Bow) beach does not allow dogs between Easter and October.

The far end of the beach is unofficially recognized as a nudist beach.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 18 beaches at St Austell, 216 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Vault Bow Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 5℃ to 7.7℃ with wind speed 4.5 m/sec (ENE)
Saturday, Dec 03fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.2℃ to 4.8℃ with wind speed 5.1 m/sec (NE)
Sunday, Dec 04partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 4℃ to 4.4℃ with wind speed 5.8 m/sec (NE)
Monday, Dec 05cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 4.4℃ to 4.7℃ with wind speed 5.1 m/sec (NE)
Tuesday, Dec 06cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 6℃ to 6.2℃ with wind speed 4 m/sec (NE)
Wednesday, Dec 07clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 1.9℃ to 2.8℃ with wind speed 3.5 m/sec (NNE)
Thursday, Dec 08partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range -0.3℃ to 1.6℃ with wind speed 3.1 m/sec (NNW)

St Austell weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Vault Bow Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Vault Bow Beach is at Mevagissey 3.69 km (2.29 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Fri 02 Dec
   High Tide at 00:14 (Height 4.43m)
   Low Tide at 06:29 (Height 1.93m)
   High Tide at 12:38 (Height 4.72m)
   Low Tide at 19:12 (Height 1.69m)
Sat 03 Dec
   High Tide at 01:23 (Height 4.54m)
   Low Tide at 07:43 (Height 1.79m)
   High Tide at 13:43 (Height 4.80m)
   Low Tide at 20:17 (Height 1.52m)
Sun 04 Dec
   High Tide at 02:21 (Height 4.72m)
   Low Tide at 08:43 (Height 1.57m)
   High Tide at 14:38 (Height 4.93m)
   Low Tide at 21:12 (Height 1.34m)
Mon 05 Dec
   High Tide at 03:11 (Height 4.90m)
   Low Tide at 09:35 (Height 1.36m)
   High Tide at 15:27 (Height 5.03m)
   Low Tide at 21:59 (Height 1.18m)
Tue 06 Dec
   High Tide at 03:55 (Height 5.07m)
   Low Tide at 10:21 (Height 1.19m)
   High Tide at 16:12 (Height 5.10m)
   Low Tide at 22:41 (Height 1.09m)
Wed 07 Dec
   High Tide at 04:34 (Height 5.19m)
   Low Tide at 11:03 (Height 1.10m)
   High Tide at 16:52 (Height 5.14m)
   Low Tide at 23:21 (Height 1.06m)
Thu 08 Dec
   High Tide at 05:11 (Height 5.27m)
   Low Tide at 11:42 (Height 1.08m)
   High Tide at 17:29 (Height 5.13m)
   Low Tide at 23:56 (Height 1.10m)

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