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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sandy beach on the east side of the mouth of the South Devon Avon. The beach is backed with sand dunes and is popular with surfers.


You can Bathing and paddle in safety at Bantham. Surfing is popular and there are some rockpools to explore.

Wildlife and Walks

Bantham is on the South Devon Coastal Path and next to the Avon Estuary. The sand dune system is a nature conservation site and the beach is within an AONB. There are a few rockpools which are worth investigating!

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 Good

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

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

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


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

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 Bantham

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



There is a large car park by the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs allowed on part of the beach only and in this area a seasonal ban is in place between May to September.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer and weekly the rest of the year.



Dates and times

Service provided by

RLNI - More information about dates and times

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.