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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A sandy beach on the eastern side of the Camel Estuary, an AONB, which stretches out in front of the village of Rock.


Sailing, windsurfing and water-skiing are all popular pursuits at Rock beach.

Wildlife and Walks

Situated on the Coastal Path, the section between Rock and Polzeath is magnificent. Take the ferry between rock and Padstow to explore the western estuary. The Estuary is an AONB - there have been sightings of otters in the Camel and the area is a sea bass conservation area.

What's tested here?

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 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

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
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 Rock

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



Parking is available.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are welcome here.

Beach cleaning

No current information.