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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 small and quiet sandy cove set to the north of Torquay in beautiful Babbacombe bay.


You can go for a dip or swim here and the coastal walking is excellent.

Wildlife and Walks

On the South West Coast Path there are nearby beaches and cliff-top scenery to explore. From nearby Babbacombe Beach, seals and dolphins have been spotted. Around the headland, within Torbay (an SSSI and Global Geopark), there are huge numbers of Guillemots on the cliffs.

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

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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Watcombe

Food Food Toilets Toilets



Follow beach Road for the car park, which is a short walk from the beach but the path is steep.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information