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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Popular with families, Bovisand is a lovely sheltered bay with golden sands. You can enjoy some much needed tea and cake at the Cliffedge Cafe which sits on top of the surrounding cliffs.


The beach is perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The scenery is fantastic with views across Plymouth Sound.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is situated on the Coast Path. Walk north walk to Plymouth (5 miles) or, a little further, walk south east to the River Yealm passing other beautiful bays - Heybrook and Wembury. The beach is within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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

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

Facilities at Bovisand

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



There is a car park both sides of the bay where a charge applies.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th, when a seasonal ban is in place.

Beach cleaning

No current information