Woolacombe Village

Devon

Woolacombe Village
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A two and a quarter mile stretch of golden sand backed by sandy hills and the Woolacombe Downs. The village of Woolacombe lies at the northern end of the beach, and is full of seaside shops, cafes, restaurants and B&B’s.

Activities

Swimming, surfing and sea canoeing are popular with handy Woolacombe Surf Hire being nearby. Regular surfing competitions are held here. If you fancy a spot of wind surfing or sailing, you can do that here, but speed boats and jet skis are prohibited and there is zoning for water sports.

Wildlife and Walks

Woolacombe Sand is within the Heritage Coastline. The National Trust organises tractor rides to see the seals off Morte Point. Rock pool rambles are organised.

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.

Weather

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 Woolacombe Village

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins

Parking

 

Three large car parks.

Dog restrictions

 

Dogs not allowed on certain areas May 1st to September 30th and must be on a lead.

Beach cleaning

Cleaned daily during the summer

Lifeguards

Yes.

Dates and times

Service provided by

RLNI - More information about dates and times

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.