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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 long, straight sandy beach with shingle and pebbles. The beach is popular with visitors and locals and is backed by cliffs. A clifftop memorial garden provides wonderful sea views, while nearby facilities include a pub, shop and restaurant.


Enjoy swimming, sea canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and fishing. There is no zoning for water sports.

Wildlife and Walks

Seaton Valley Country Park is 2 miles west of the beach. There is also a coastal footpath running past the beach.

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

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 Downderry

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There is a Council-owned Pay & Display car park for around 50 cars near the beach which includes disabled spaces.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed on the beach but owners are kindly requested to clean up after their pets.

Beach cleaning

Manual beach cleaning is carried out by the council and with help from volunteer groups.