Mouthwell Sands


Mouthwell Sands
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A quiet sandy bay set in a picturesque fishing village famous for its crabs and lobsters. This sheltered beach is much loved by families.


There’s lots to do here from swimming, rockpooling and building sand castles to windsurfing, canoeing, sea-kayaking and sailing.

Wildlife and Walks

The South West Coast Path runs past the beach and along the coastline. The area is within an AONB and the scenery is stunning, with walks SE to Salcombe, past Soar Mill Cove, and North to Bigbury, past Thurlestone beaches.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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

2018 Not tested

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.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

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 Mouthwell Sands

Food Food Toilets Toilets Slipway Slipway



There is a car park behind the beach - a charge applies.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are not allowed on the beach between May and September when there is a seasonal bean in place.

Beach cleaning

No current information