Excellent quality water at Meadfoot Beach, Torquay

The bathing water quality results for 2018 have been announced and Torbay’s beaches continue to meet the highest European standards.

Of the 15 designated bathing waters in Torbay, this year 12 have met the excellent standard.

This is up from the 9 that met the standard last year with Torre Abbey, Preston Sands and Broadsands all improving their results from ‘Good’ to ‘Excellent’.

Torbay’s Elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver, said: “I am delighted to see that Torbay has been awarded these excellent results for the 2018 bathing season. Our strategies and partnership with South West Water and the Environment Agency are really continuing to build on the high standards we have set ourselves.

“We will continue to build on these results, improve those yet to be excellent, and make sure our residents and visitors can paddle and bathe in top quality water across the Bay."

Excellent water quality in Paignton, Devon

Users of the beaches are now being kept informed about the quality of the bathing water at Goodrington Beach and Torre Abbey by the use of electronic signs. These signs provide up to date bathing water quality information and daily forecasts. The sign, which is provided by Defra, gives the day’s quality prediction each morning during the bathing season.

Please see the below table comparing 2018 with 2017 beach water quality levels.

English Riviera water quality table 2018


Goodrington Sands Paignton
Steam train going past at Goodrington Sands in Paignton, Devon

Close to Paignton is the long, sandy stretch of Goodrington Sands. With a Seaside Award, safe swimming conditions and loads of great activities, this family friendly beach promises to keep the kids happy whatever the weather.

Torre Abbey Sands Torquay
Torre Abbey Sands Torquay

This delectable beach is part of the English Riviera and it lives up to its name with its stunning sands, views and sunshine. This is the main beach for Torquay, being popular with holidaymakers from the surrounding hotels, day visitors and locals.

Broadsands Beach Paignton
Broadsands Beach Paignton

In between Paignton and Brixham is Broadsands on the English Riviera, South Devon’s Beautiful Bay. With a long sandy beach the whole family can enjoy, you can make sandcastles for a couple of hours and then paddle in the calm sea.

Meadfoot Beach
Blue beach huts at Meadfoot beach in Torquay, Devon

A mile from Torquay harbour and in a stunning location at the bottom of a row of imposing cliffs. Grab a deckchair and enjoy the sound of the sea lapping against the shore, or wander along the promenade lined with a colourful row of beach chalets.



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