Whitsand Bay (Sharrow)


Whitsand Bay (Sharrow)
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Small rural and unspoilt beach with large number of rocky outcrops. Beware high tide when this part of coast divides into small coves. Very popular with locals and visitors. There is a small path and steps down to the beach.


Surfing. Please beware of rip-currents. Not ideal for snorkeling - there is a designated area for swimming. There is some good rock pooling. Sunken frigate, HMS Scylla, lies on the seabed in the bay, making this a popular dive site.

Wildlife and Walks

When the tide is out you can walk around Sharrow Point to neighbouring Freathy beach or turn west and head towards Tregantle Beach. The beach is right on the SW Coast Path.

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 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.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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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

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Whitsand Bay (Sharrow)



There is a car park above the beach, just west of Freathy.

Dog restrictions


Dog friendly all year. Please tidy up after your dog and take your litter home.

Beach cleaning

Please take your litter home to help keep the beach clean and beautiful.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 29th April - 1st October 2017

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