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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

Kingsand and Cawsand, the neighbouring beach, are sheltered sand and shingle beaches offering spectacular views over Plymouth Sound. In the nearby pretty twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand, known for their fishing and smuggling history, there are plenty of places to enjoy a meal or drink.


The beach is sheltered by Picklecombe Point to the east and Penlee Point to the west. This lovely quaint beach is suitable for bathing, canoeing and walking. There is good rockpooling at low tide.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach and villages are in a conservation area and on the South West Coast Path. South of the bay the coastal path follows the wooded slopes to Penlee Point and continues along the cliffs to Rame Head, which is part of an AONB. To the west, At Whitsand Bay, Dartford Warblers can be seen.

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
Strong winds Strong winds

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 Kingsand

Campsite Campsite Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Slipway Slipway



There are pay and display car parks in Cawsand and in Kingsand for 100+ cars each. Cawsand car park is 100 yards from the beach.

Dog restrictions


There are no restrictions at Kingsand beach but there is a seasonal ban in place at Cawsand beach.

Beach cleaning

No current information.