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The twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand sit across the Tamar from Plymouth, fringing the southern end of a 3 mile bay. They are east facing sand and shingle beaches sheltered by Rame Head Peninsula and offering views over Plymouth Sound.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Excellent

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Cawsand beach



There is a pay and display car park in Cawsand for 100 cars 100 yards from the beach.

Dog restrictions

Dogs not allowed between Easter Sunday and 30 September.

Beach cleaning

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Boating is very popular. Exploring Rame Head - the area is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is on the SW Coast Path - head south for Rame Head and north east for Cremyll, for Mount Edgcumbe Park. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, from 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

2016 Excellent

What’s 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 risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach


Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

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Beach Cleans

We need you!

Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

Beachwatch graphic - our success

Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

recycle icon Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it

Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Fancy a fish dish?

Find an eatery with a Fish2fork sustainable seafood rating within 10 miles of Cawsand beach


We rate restaurants according to the impact the seafood they serve has on fish stocks and the health of our oceans.

Along with MCS we want all seafood served in the UK to be sustainable.

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Sustainable Blue fish - serving sustainable seafood
Sustainable Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is an MCS Fish to Avoid

The BridgeSustainable

Chandlers Bar & RestaurantSustainable


The Terrace CafeSustainable

Thai in the ParkSustainable

The Boathouse CafeSustainable

National Marine AquariumSustainable

Rockfish Seafood - PlymouthSustainable

Lockyers QuaySustainable

Shirley Valentines TavernaSustainable


Glassblowing HouseSustainable

The Village Restaurantunsustainable

The Navy InnSustainable

Barbican Fish BarSustainable

Harbourside Fish and ChipsSustainable

Seafood & Pasta Barunsustainable


The ShipSustainable


Rockys Restaurantunsustainable

Meze Bar and GrillSustainable

Dolphin House BrazzerieSustainable

Blues Bar and GrillSustainable

The Vauxhall Quayunsustainable

Noodle Loungeunsustainable



Barbican KitchenSustainable

Heaven Bar and Restaurantunsustainable

Spice Wellunsustainable


Restaurant 60 & the NotteSustainable




The Mission Bar & Restaurantunsustainable

B.E.D Cafe Bar RestaurantSustainable


The ChancelSustainable

Tanners RestaurantSustainable

Morgans Italian Mediterraneanunsustainable

The Berkeley Bar and GrillSustainable

The TreasurySustainable

Chloes RestaurantSustainable

Imperial Gardenunsustainable

Bistro OneSustainable

West Hoe Fish FryersSustainable

YO! Sushi - PlymouthSustainable

The BankSustainable

Theatre Royal RestaurantSustainable


Duke of CornwallSustainable

Steves Brasserieunsustainable


Lanterns Kebab and Steak Houseunsustainable

Aglio OlioSustainable

The Steak and OmeletteSustainable

The Grecian TavernaSustainable



The Leandraunsustainable


The Artillery TowerSustainable

Rock Salt Cafe & BrasserieSustainable

Las Iguanasunsustainable


Le Bistrot PierreSustainable

River Cottage Canteen - PlymouthSustainable


Jolly Jacks Waterfront Bar and BistroSustainable

Mussel InnSustainable

Langdon CourtSustainable


St Elizabeth Houseunsustainable

The Gallery Restaurantunsustainable

The ViewSustainable

Kingfisher Fish & ChipsSustainable

Churchills RestaurantSustainable

The Miners Arms Hemerdon Ltdunsustainable

Rose and Crownunsustainable

The Finnygook InnSustainable

Whitsand Bay HotelSustainable

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Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

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