Salcombe North Sands


Salcombe North Sands
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sandy beach, popular with families and near to Salcombe. You can find a much needed pot of tea at The Winking Prawn cafe which sits right on the beach over looking the estuary.


Swimming is popular and the beach is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the scenery, looking out across the estuary, is fantastic. There are rockpools to explore too.

Wildlife and Walks

There is the South West Coastal Path, Salcombe Town Trail and a variety of countryside walks. Salcombe Estuary Local Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is important for marine wildlife and wildfowl.

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 Excellent

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
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 Salcombe North Sands

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



There is a large car park right by the beach where a charge applies.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed but there is a seasonal ban on nearby beach - Salcombe South Sands.

Beach cleaning

The beach is not cleaned