Mill Bay


Mill Bay
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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

A sheltered sandy beach set in a cove across the estuary from Salcombe. This privately owned beach is in a beautiful, rural area with gentle slopes down to the beach.


A gorgeous beach with golden sands, perfect for bathing, windsurfing and walking. There is no zoning for water sports.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is on the South West Coastal Path and there are National Trust walks around the area. This is a rocky coastline with areas of steep scrub and open grassland and farmland, where cirl bunting breed.

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.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

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 Mill Bay

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



There is limited parking and it is recommend that visitors take the ferry from Salcombe to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

Beach is not cleaned.