Anstey's Cove (Torquay)


Anstey's Cove (Torquay)
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Ansteys cove is a small rocky beach suitable for fishing. Accessed from the coastal path, this beach has lovely sea views and a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.


Swimming, fishing, scuba diving and exploring the rockpools. Ansteys Cove Cafe has lovely food and offers some water sport equipment hire.

Wildlife and Walks

Situated within Lyme bay, the Coastal Path runs past the beach. Torbay is nearby which is a Global Geopark - there are interesting geological features at Hopes Nose. Torbay is an SSSI and has the largest Guillemot colony in the south coast of England breeding on its cliffs. Look out for seals!

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

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.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Facilities at Anstey's Cove (Torquay)

Food Food Toilets Toilets



There is car parking at the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information