Soar Mill Cove


Soar Mill Cove
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A small cove with a fine sandy beach surrounded by steep cliffs with lots of rockpools to explore. Access by foot via the coastal path or using the nearby hotel’s access or drop into the cove from the water by boat.


You can visit the cove by canoe or boat. This little picturesque spot is perfect for bathing and enjoying the views from Bolt Head across the Salcombe Estuary.

Wildlife and Walks

The SW Coast Path runs past the beach - there is a circular walk to Salcombe, taking in the craggy coastline and Bolt Head.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 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.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

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 Soar Mill Cove



Parking is some distance away at either Soar or Bolberry.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information