Hope Cove


Hope Cove
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A small cove of sand and rocks once used by smugglers and now favoured by families and day trippers. This charming fishing village lies on the Heritage Coastline with the nearby Slapton Ley nature reserve attracting walkers.


There’s lots to do here from swimming, rockpooling and building sand castles to windsurfing, canoeing, sea-kayaking and sailing.

Wildlife and Walks

The South West Coast Path runs past the beach and along the coastline. The area is within an AONB and the scenery is stunning, with walks SE to Salcombe, past Soar Mill Cove, and North to Bigbury, past Thurlestone beaches.

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

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

Facilities at Hope Cove

Food Food Toilets Toilets Slipway Slipway



There is a car park at the northern end of the beach, behind Mouthwell Sands beach - a charge applies.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are not allowed on the beach between May and September when there is a seasonal bean in place.

Beach cleaning

No current information



Dates and times

Service provided by

RLNI - More information about dates and times

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