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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

This large, sandy beach is much loved by families. Meadowsfoot is a privately owned beach which is open tot he public on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Paths from the car park down to the beach are not suitable for wheelchairs.


A fantastic, unspoilt beach ideal for a spot of sheltered bathing.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is on the South West Coastal Path. The Erme Estuary next to the beach is managed as a nature reserve.

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

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

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

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
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

For more information visit

Facilities at Mothecombe

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



There is pay parking for 650 cars near the beach.

Dog restrictions


A seasonal ban is in place.

Beach cleaning

Beach manually cleaned daily during the summer by the council