Blackpool Sands


Blackpool Sands
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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

Blackpool Sands is a crescent shaped stretch of coarse golden sands surrounded by green fields, magnificent pines, craggy cliffs and a turquoise blue sea. The beach is popular among families with small children.


A popular beach for swimming and from June there is also a moored bathing raft. Equipment is available at the watersports centre which offers hire of surf canoes, boogie boards, kayaks, wetsuits and snorkeling equipment.

Wildlife and Walks

Inland and coastal walks on the South Devon Coastal Path. There is a circular walk from the beach to Stoke Fleming, taking in the 13th Century Church, dramatic coastal views and the Green Dragon Pub.

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.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Facilities at Blackpool Sands

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



Ample parking right by the beach - a charge applies.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed on the beach two weeks before Easter and until after the October Half Term.

Beach cleaning

The beach is cleaned daily from March to the end of October.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 8th July - 3rd September 2017

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