Paignton Paignton Sands


Paignton Paignton Sands
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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

A long sandy beach with easy access from Paignton - a former fishing village and popular Victorian holiday destination. Torbay has Global Geopark status and is an SSSI - some of its special features are limestone grasslands, rare plants and lichens.


Swimming and watersports are popular here. There is a large grassy green adjacent to the beach and a play park behind the beach. Hopes Nose on the far side of the bay which has some unique geology. Fishing is popular here but there are strict conditions.

Wildlife and Walks

There are extraordinary views across Torbay from the pier. The South West coast Path runs past the beach. The sea cliffs in Torbay have the largest Guillemot colony found along the south coast of England.

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

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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 Paignton Paignton Sands

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Pay parking available.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed 1st May until 30th September.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned mechanically and manually daily in summer. Litter picked weekly in winter.