Sidmouth Jacobs Ladder


Sidmouth Jacobs Ladder
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

The beach is formed by a large expanse of legally protected pebbles (it is actually an offence to remove them) in a bay accessed by a slope and steps from Connaught Gardens, or by level path from the main beach. The beach is backed by steep cliffs.


Go swimming and enjoy the food at the nearby restaurant - Clock Tower Restaurant. Visit Sidmouth Museum which gives details about the area as a World Heritage Site.

Wildlife and Walks

Good rockpools at Chit Rocks and western end of beach at low tide. Access to South West Coast Path and the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Coast site. Ravens, buzzards, peregrines are often seen along the cliffs. The Coast Path to Branscombe has beautiful scenery.

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

2018 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.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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

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Facilities at Sidmouth Jacobs Ladder

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



There is a large car park by the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed on certain areas May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach manually cleaned daily in summer. monthly in winter by district council