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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

This sandy beach is situated just to the east of Torquay and south of Babbacombe Bay. The beach itself is backed by imposing cliffs which provide an ideal vantage point for wildlife observers. Look out for Guillemots - Torbay has the largest colony along the south coast of England on the cliffs.


Swimming and diving are both popular activities at this beach. Grab a drink or something to eat at Meadfoot Beach Cafe.

Wildlife and Walks

The South West Coast Path runs past the beach to Berry Head (south) and Hopes Nose (north), where there are unique geological features. Meadfoot is within Torbay which has Global Geopark status and is an SSSI - some of its special features are limestone grasslands, rare plants and lichens.

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

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

For more information visit

Facilities at Meadfoot

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Two car parks; one at either end of the beach, including disabled spaces. There is a charge. Some free on-street parking opposite beach.

Dog restrictions


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

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer and monthly the rest of the year.