Paignton Preston Sands


Paignton Preston 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 very popular stretch of sandy beach to the north of Paignton sands, which is just south of the pier. Preston is in front of the town green and is lined with colourful beach huts.


There’s lots to do from swimming, building sandcastles and rockpooling to water sports. From the pier there are beautiful views across Torbay. The Boathouse has refreshments. Look out for Guillemots, the sea cliffs in Torbay have the largest colony found along the south coast of England.

Wildlife and Walks

Torbay has Global Geopark status and is an SSSI - some of its special features are limestone grasslands, rare plants and lichens. There are unique geological features near both Berry Head and Hopes Nose, at opposite ends of the bay. The South West Coast Path runs past the beach.

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

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
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 Preston Sands

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Limited on-street parking.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed 1st May until 30th September.

Beach cleaning

No current information