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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 with good facilities, situated at the mouth of the River Teign estuary. The beach is much loved by families. Further south is Ness Cove, snuggled into the Ness Headland, reached by a smugglers tunnel and steps to the beach.


There’s lots going on here - enjoy some swimming, fishing, rowing or canoeing. Large ships pass through the narrow estuary and dock at Teignmouth. Lots of cafes and restaurants are within walking distance from the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

The Ness Beach is located close to the South West Coast Path and is a short walk from the Templer way. Lots of marine life found in the rockpools. Look out for seals and dolphins have been spotted offshore too.

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
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 Shaldon

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



Car parking is available at two large car parks close to the beach.

Dog restrictions


A seasonal ban is in place between May and September.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily