Dartmouth Castle and Sugary Cove


Dartmouth Castle and Sugary Cove
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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

A sand and shingle cove on the mouth of the river Dart, overlooked by the historic Dartmouth castle.


Explore the castle, a fourteenth-century fortress, which looks out over the Dart estuary to Kingswear Castle on the opposite side.

Wildlife and Walks

Head south along the coast and there are coves enough, snuggled into the banks of this estuary, to satisfy most adventurers. Walk north to Dartmouth to see Bayard’s Cove Fort and a plethora of cafes, restaurants and a museum.

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.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Dartmouth Castle and Sugary Cove

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



Car parking by the castle.

Dog restrictions


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Beach cleaning

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