Breakwater Beach (Shoalstone)


Breakwater Beach (Shoalstone)
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

This shingle beach, close to the old fishing port of Brixham, affords excellent views across Torbay. Low tide exposes pools between angled tablets of rock. There is an open-air swimming pool at Shoalstone, east of the beach.


The beach is used for swimming, rockpooling, scuba diving, fishing and kayaking. Berry head is excellent for rock climbing.

Wildlife and Walks

East is Berry Head, a Nature Reserve and SSSI, it is part of an internationally acclaimed heritage site - there is a cafe and visitor centre nearby. Head west along the Coastal Path to Brixham harbour.

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

Forecasts are not available for this location.

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

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 Breakwater Beach (Shoalstone)

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



50 car park spaces are available for which there is a charge. Disabled spaces are available.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are not allowed but dogs are welcome at Berry Head Nature Reserve but must be on a lead in The Guardhouse Cafe.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.