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This large, sandy beach is much loved by families. Meadowsfoot is a privately owned beach which is open to the public every day from 1st April 2017, while Coastguards beach is open every day, year round. Paths from the car park down to the beach are not suitable for wheelchairs.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2017 Good

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Mothecombe beach

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There is pay parking for 650 cars near the beach.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are not permitted between 1st May- 30th September. They are welcome on Coastguards and Wonwell beach year round.

Beach cleaning

Beach manually cleaned daily during the summer by the council



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A fantastic, unspoilt beach ideal for a spot of sheltered bathing.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is on the South West Coastal Path. The Erme Estuary next to the beach is managed as a nature reserve. 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

2017 Good

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 Mothecombe 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 Mothecombe 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

Rose and Crownunsustainable

Langdon CourtSustainable

Kingfisher Fish & ChipsSustainable

St Elizabeth Houseunsustainable

Mussel InnSustainable

The Miners Arms Hemerdon Ltdunsustainable

The Gallery Restaurantunsustainable

Churchills RestaurantSustainable

The BridgeSustainable

Thai in the ParkSustainable

Chandlers Bar & RestaurantSustainable

Lockyers QuaySustainable

Heaven Bar and Restaurantunsustainable

National Marine AquariumSustainable

Rockfish Seafood - PlymouthSustainable


The Boathouse CafeSustainable

The Terrace CafeSustainable


Glassblowing HouseSustainable

Shirley Valentines TavernaSustainable

Meze Bar and GrillSustainable

Dolphin House BrazzerieSustainable

The Village Restaurantunsustainable

The Navy InnSustainable

Barbican Fish BarSustainable

Harbourside Fish and ChipsSustainable

Seafood & Pasta Barunsustainable


The ShipSustainable

The Vauxhall Quayunsustainable


Rockys Restaurantunsustainable

B.E.D Cafe Bar RestaurantSustainable

Blues Bar and GrillSustainable

Bistro OneSustainable

Noodle Loungeunsustainable




Barbican KitchenSustainable

Imperial Gardenunsustainable


Spice Wellunsustainable


Restaurant 60 & the NotteSustainable


The Mission Bar & Restaurantunsustainable

The ChancelSustainable

Tanners RestaurantSustainable

YO! Sushi - PlymouthSustainable

The TreasurySustainable


Morgans Italian Mediterraneanunsustainable

The Berkeley Bar and GrillSustainable

Chloes RestaurantSustainable

The BankSustainable


Theatre Royal RestaurantSustainable

West Hoe Fish FryersSustainable


Lanterns Kebab and Steak Houseunsustainable


The Steak and OmeletteSustainable


Aglio OlioSustainable

Steves Brasserieunsustainable

Duke of CornwallSustainable

The Grecian TavernaSustainable


The Leandraunsustainable


The Artillery TowerSustainable

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 Mothecombe 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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