Seaton (Cornwall)


Seaton (Cornwall)
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

25 May 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A large beach of grey sand set in a picturesque bay with views of Looe Island. The beach is surrounded by gently sloping hills and backed by a country park that offers pleasant walks along the Seaton Valley.


Surfing, swimming and sailing are popular and a dive school operates from Seaton Cafe.

Wildlife and Walks

Dolphins sometimes seen in Looe Bay. Possible to walk between Seaton and Downderry at low tide. A neighbouring Country Park at Seaton provides access to a walking trail along a wooded valley where many plants and wild birds can be seen.

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

No water quality warning issued

25 May 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

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Facilities at Seaton (Cornwall)

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There are 3 car parking areas close to beach with disabled places. Some parking available on the road. The beach is at the same level as the road offering disabled access.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed but owners are kindly requested to clean up after their pets.

Beach cleaning

Manual cleaning . Twice per week in the summer with daily checks during peak and when needed throughout the winter.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 8th July- 3rd September 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.