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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

The twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand sit across the Tamar from Plymouth, fringing the southern end of a 3 mile bay. They are east facing sand and shingle beaches sheltered by Rame Head Peninsula and offering views over Plymouth Sound.


Boating is very popular. Exploring Rame Head - the area is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is on the SW Coast Path - head south for Rame Head and north east for Cremyll, for Mount Edgcumbe Park.

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

Potential hazards at this beach

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 Cawsand

Campsite Campsite Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Slipway Slipway



There is a pay and display car park in Cawsand for 100 cars 100 yards from the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed between Easter Sunday and 30 September.

Beach cleaning

No current information