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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Sufficient

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sandy cove with fantastic rockpools, backed by low cliffs. Located down a quite country lane and fantastic for spotting some of the UK’s most colourful shore life. Wembury Marine Centre also hosts rockpool rambles for kids during the Summer.


Swimming and rockpool events - there are frequent Rockpool Rambles and events organised by Wembury Marine Centre (Devon Wildlife Trust) for all ages.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is on the South West Coast path where you can walk the Coast to Coast walk to Lynmouth, incorporating Two Moors Way. The area is a voluntary Marine Conservation Area and the amount of wildlife found in rockpools here is staggering.

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 Sufficient

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

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 Wembury

Food Food Toilets Toilets



There are approximately 150 car spaces available for a charge.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed May to the end of September when a seasonal ban is in place.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.