Ilfracombe Tunnels Beach


Ilfracombe Tunnels Beach
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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

The main beach is formed by an expanse of grey sand and shingle and is backed by cliffs. A network of hand carved tunnels leads to sheltered beaches and a Victorian tidal bathing pool. Entrance fees apply.


Popular activities here include: swimming, snorkelling, fishing, boating, rockpooling and sun bathing. The beach has excellent rock formations and interesting coves to explore.

Wildlife and Walks

Walk through the network of four tunnels, which you can also at night time due to specially installed lighting. Excellent rock pools made famous during Victorian times.

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

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Facilities at Ilfracombe Tunnels Beach

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30 pay spaces are available at the beach entrance with an extra several 100 spaces within 150m.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed on the beach.

Beach cleaning

All beaches and coves are cleaned daily by the owners.