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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

This spacious resort boasts fine gardens and parks, some dating from the town’s Victorian heyday. A sea wall and Queens Drive back Exmouth’s long sandy beach. There is a wide promenade lined with shops restaurants and pubs.


There’s lots to do here from swimming, fishing, jet skiing, surfing, sailing and boat trips. Surfboard and canoe hire is available at the beach. Zoning in place for jet skis. There is an SLSGB Surf Life Saving Club at this beach.

Wildlife and Walks

Exmouth is a gateway for walking the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Coast site along the South West Coast Path to Sandy Bay/Budleigh. Bird watchers can walk to the estuary bird hide.

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

2018 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.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
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 Exmouth

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Lots of parking available near the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed on certain areas May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Cleaned both mechanically and manually on a daily basis in the summer, monthly in the winter.


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