Croyde Bay


Croyde Bay
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

23 July 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A huge and golden sandy beach backed by a fabulous sand dune system and situated within a bay. The beach is very popular with surfers. You won’t go hungry with multiple cafes to choose from and there’s plenty of car parking too. Look out to the Atlantic and you’ll spot Lundy - a Marine Reserve.


There’s lots to enjoy here - swimming, surfing and fishing are popular and there is surfboard/canoe hire available at the surf school which is right on the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

There are good rock pools at either end of the beach and several public footpaths around the village, beach and headland. The walk to Baggy Point is popular offering some spectacular views and a chance to spot seabirds.

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

No water quality warning issued

23 July 2018

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 Croyde Bay

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Car parking is available (including disabled parking) for a charge.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th. Dogs on leads at all other times.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 1st April -1st October 2017

Weekends: 7th - 15th October 2017

October Half Term: 21st - 29th October 2017

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