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Where to hire sand chairs on Cornwall's beaches

A sand chair in use at Polzeath Credit: ITV News

Sand chairs that mean people with disabilities can access the beach are now available at ten sites in Cornwall.

Normal wheelchairs do not work well on sand, which can also damage them.

Cornwall Mobility has taken over the fleet and has created an online map showing where they can be hired.

Find out more here.

Credit: Cornwall Mobility


Lifeguard patrols have finished on most beaches

Lifeguards on the majority of our beaches have been withdrawn for the winter Credit: ITV News

RNLI lifeguard patrols have now finished on the majority of beaches across Devon and Cornwall as the summer draws to a close.

But lifeguards will remain on duty into October on a number of the region's busiest beaches for those people wishing to get into the water in the autumn.

Concerns over seawater quality after heavy rain

Bathing water quality could be affected by the recent heavy rain Credit: ITV News

There's a warning that the recent heavy rain could affect water quality at some beaches in the region. It's caused by run-off from fields and outfall pipes getting into the sea.

South West Water says the problem won't last long but people should check its 'beach live' service for information.


Campaign to clean-up our beaches

These volunteers are often out keeping Crooklets beach in Bude free of rubbish Credit: ITV News

A campaign has begun in the south west to try to keep beaches across the UK free of rubbish.

Beach goers are being urged to spend just two minutes picking up the debris that's washed ashore. It's estimated that 2,000 items of rubbish are found on every kilometre of beach in the country - most of it discarded plastic.

I hope this will make a significant difference. Obviously me going out on a beach today and spending two minutes isn't going to make a dent in the problem that is marine litter but with enough people doing it I think we can make a difference and I hope we start to change attitudes as well.

– Martin Dorey, Beach clean campaigner

Palm oil warning to dog walkers

A lump of palm oil on a West Country beach Credit: ITV News

Dog owners are being warned to avoid lumps of palm oil that are being washed up on beaches in East Devon.

The substance, which forms clumps like candle wax, can be fatal. It's previously washed up on beaches in Cornwall.

The local council is asking people to report any findings.

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