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Ilfracombe Tunnels Beach

Devon

The main beach is formed by an expanse of grey sand and shingle and is backed by cliffs. A network of hand carved tunnels leads to sheltered beaches and a Victorian tidal bathing pool. Entrance fees apply.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Excellent

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Ilfracombe Tunnels Beach beach

Food availableToiletsShopsLitter bins

Parking

30 pay spaces are available at the beach entrance with an extra several 100 spaces within 150m.

Dog restrictions

Dogs not allowed on the beach.

Beach cleaning

All beaches and coves are cleaned daily by the owners.

Lifeguards

No info

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Activities

Popular activities here include: swimming, snorkelling, fishing, boating, rockpooling and sun bathing. The beach has excellent rock formations and interesting coves to explore.

Wildlife and Walks

Walk through the network of four tunnels, which you can also at night time due to specially installed lighting. Excellent rock pools made famous during Victorian times. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand, shingle,

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.

Find out how they compare.

Today’s daily pollution forecast

Daily water quality forecasts are made at some designated bathing waters during the bathing season which is May to September in England and Wales and June to September in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Water quality isn’t monitored outside of this time and daily pollution forecasts are not made – check back here during the bathing season for the latest forecasts.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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Potential hazards at this beach

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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

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.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Ilfracombe Tunnels Beach beach

There are currently no beach cleans within 10 miles of this beach!

All of our cleans are run by volunteers so why not organise your own? We’ve got loads of information to help you get started.

Click here to see all events around the UK.

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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 Ilfracombe Tunnels Beach beach

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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 Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is an MCS Fish to Avoid

There are currently no restuarants listed within 10 miles of this beach!

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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".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Ilfracombe Tunnels Beach beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Christina Hunt
on 29 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kerry Garner
on 26 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Abigail Wain
on 13 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jessica Evershed
on 11 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Paul Whiteing
on 11 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Leonard Morrison
on 4 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Coral Billingham
on 3 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Andrew Nicol
on 30 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Malcolm Smith
on 27 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Adrienne Marlow
on 27 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chloe Kinch
on 27 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Emma Collett
on 27 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Heidi Clevett
on 23 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rose Roberts
on 21 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Callum Johnston
on 18 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by David Burke
on 18 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ellie Good
on 11 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Natasha Ewins
on 10 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Natasha Ewins
on 10 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Natasha Ewins
on 9 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Natasha Ewins
on 9 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Maxine Bowyer
on 9 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Janice Whittington
on 4 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Danielle Robinson
on 19 Jun 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Blackmore
on 17 Jun 2016

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