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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Sufficient

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A large sandy beach on the ‘Devon Riviera’ with excellent facilities. Often attracts large numbers of visitors. Situated in front of Goodrington Park and looks out over Tor Bay.


There is a water park - Splashdown Waterpark Quaywest. There are good rockpools to explore at low tide.

Wildlife and Walks

The town of Paignton. The harbour and marine centre are all within walking distance from the beach. Goodrington Park is good for bird watching. The South West Coast Path runs past the beach, taking you north around Tor Bay or south to Brixham, past Elberry Cove.

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 Sufficient

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

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

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
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

Facilities at Goodrington

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Parking available near the beach.

Dog restrictions


The beach is split into two: north and south. Dogs not allowed on the north beach. There is a seasonal ban in place on t

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned both mechanically and manually during summer.