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Kingsand and Cawsand, the neighbouring beach, are sheltered sand and shingle beaches offering spectacular views over Plymouth Sound. In the nearby pretty twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand, known for their fishing and smuggling history, there are plenty of places to enjoy a meal or drink.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2017 Excellent

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Kingsand beach



There are pay and display car parks in Cawsand and in Kingsand for 100+ cars each. Cawsand car park is 100 yards from the beach.

Dog restrictions

There are no restrictions at Kingsand beach but there is a seasonal ban in place at Cawsand beach.

Beach cleaning

No current information.



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The beach is sheltered by Picklecombe Point to the east and Penlee Point to the west. This lovely quaint beach is suitable for bathing, canoeing and walking. There is good rockpooling at low tide.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach and villages are in a conservation area and on the South West Coast Path. South of the bay the coastal path follows the wooded slopes to Penlee Point and continues along the cliffs to Rame Head, which is part of an AONB. To the west, At Whitsand Bay, Dartford Warblers can be seen. 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

2017 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.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Kingsand 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.

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 Kingsand 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 ViewSustainable

River Cottage Canteen - PlymouthSustainable

Las Iguanasunsustainable


Le Bistrot PierreSustainable

Jolly Jacks Waterfront Bar and BistroSustainable

The Artillery TowerSustainable

Rock Salt Cafe & BrasserieSustainable

West Hoe Fish FryersSustainable



Duke of CornwallSustainable

Steves Brasserieunsustainable


The Terrace CafeSustainable

Theatre Royal RestaurantSustainable

The BankSustainable

The Grecian TavernaSustainable

Chloes RestaurantSustainable

Aglio OlioSustainable

The Leandraunsustainable

Morgans Italian Mediterraneanunsustainable

The Berkeley Bar and GrillSustainable



The TreasurySustainable

Barbican KitchenSustainable

Tanners RestaurantSustainable


Restaurant 60 & the NotteSustainable


The Steak and OmeletteSustainable

Noodle Loungeunsustainable



The Boathouse CafeSustainable

The Mission Bar & Restaurantunsustainable

The ChancelSustainable

Shirley Valentines TavernaSustainable


Lanterns Kebab and Steak Houseunsustainable

Spice Wellunsustainable


Rockys Restaurantunsustainable

The Village Restaurantunsustainable

The Navy InnSustainable

Barbican Fish BarSustainable

Harbourside Fish and ChipsSustainable


Glassblowing HouseSustainable

Blues Bar and GrillSustainable

Seafood & Pasta Barunsustainable


The ShipSustainable


The Vauxhall Quayunsustainable

Rockfish Seafood - PlymouthSustainable

Chandlers Bar & RestaurantSustainable


Meze Bar and GrillSustainable

Dolphin House BrazzerieSustainable

The BridgeSustainable

National Marine AquariumSustainable


YO! Sushi - PlymouthSustainable

B.E.D Cafe Bar RestaurantSustainable

Imperial Gardenunsustainable

Lockyers QuaySustainable

Thai in the ParkSustainable

Bistro OneSustainable

Heaven Bar and Restaurantunsustainable


Mussel InnSustainable


Langdon CourtSustainable

The Finnygook InnSustainable

Whitsand Bay HotelSustainable

St Elizabeth Houseunsustainable

The Gallery Restaurantunsustainable

Churchills RestaurantSustainable

Kingfisher Fish & ChipsSustainable

Rose and Crownunsustainable

The Miners Arms Hemerdon Ltdunsustainable

Click here to visit Fish2fork.

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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 Kingsand beach

No sightings have been reported in the area. Please report your sightings if you see a jellyfish, marine turtle or basking shark.

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