Burgh Island

Devon

Burgh Island
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Once a famous pirate haunt, Burgh Island lies adjacent to Sedgewell Cove with two beaches only exposed at low water. The Murray rocks are east of the island and popular with scuba divers. Privately owned. Refreshments available at the Pilchard Inn.

Activities

An excellent spot for scuba diving. Come here if you are an Agatha Christie fanatic - she stayed at the hotel on the island and, known to her readers, there are places on the island which are in her books!

Wildlife and Walks

Popular for coastal walks - the South West Coast path runs past Bigbury-on-Sea Beach.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 Not tested

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.

Weather

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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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Burgh Island

Parking

 

Large car park available at Bigbury-on-Sea.

Dog restrictions

 

No current information

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

Yes.

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.