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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A slightly quieter beach where the shingle gently shelves down to the water. Nearby Torquay and the surrounding area is one of Britain’s most popular seaside destinations. Noted for its relatively mild climate, abundant palm trees and subtropical vegetation.


Swimming, fishing, windsurfing and sailing are popular here. Babbacombe is well known for its scuba diving as the harbour is incredibly sheltered. A pier extends into the bay on the eastern side of the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

The South Devon Coast Path extends around the bay offering glorious views. The mild climate encourages unusually luxuriant plant life and the area is favoured by rare butterflies. Look out for seals and dolphins offshore.

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

2018 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.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Babbacombe

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



Car parking is available by the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs allowed.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer