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Ness Cove

Devon

A sandy cove backed by the red cliffs characteristic of the Devon coastline. A safe secluded beach which can be enjoyed by all the family, with rockpools and an original smugglers' tunnel.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Excellent

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Ness Cove beach

Food availableToiletsLitter bins

Parking

Pay parking available near the beach. Steep steps to the beach making disabled access difficult.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are welcome.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily

Lifeguards

None

See safety tab

Activities

Swimming and rockpooling is possible here. There is no zoning for water sports. There's Crazy golf nearby and fishing is possible here too from the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

The South West Coastal Path runs through the beach area (beware unstable cliffs at certain times - heed any warning signs). Dolphins and seals have been spotted offshore from Babbacombe Beach further south within the bay. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: cove, 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

Displaying nearest weather point within 10 miles of Ness Cove

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

Deep
shelving
Strong
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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 Ness Cove 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 Ness Cove beach

Fish2Fork

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.

Visit Fish2fork website

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

Les Saveurs at the Seafood Restaurantunsustainable

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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 Ness Cove beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 8 Sep 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Nicky Wareing
on 2 Sep 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Neil Lowry
on 27 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Heidi Frydman
on 18 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kate Humphreys
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Nickie Roome
on 14 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Natasha Ewins
on 14 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Charles Salt
on 9 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 6 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Carolyn Palmer
on 6 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sue Foster
on 5 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Will Watts
on 3 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Suzanne Stevens
on 3 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Lavis
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Bill Deakins
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lynn Lavis
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Margaret Scrope-howe
on 30 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sarah Addington-hall
on 30 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kate Walters
on 30 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Dave Poole
on 29 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Judith Robb
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Samantha Kingsley
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Helen Cross
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Neil Lowry
on 25 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Simon Jenkinson
on 25 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Gillian Lacey
on 24 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Margaret Scrope-howe
on 23 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Margaret Scrope-howe
on 23 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Christopher Woodgate
on 22 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Simon Coe
on 21 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Evelyn Donald
on 20 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Daniel Richards
on 19 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Phil Tongue
on 19 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Chris Popham
on 18 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jane Hill
on 18 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Diana Willoughby
on 17 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Su Brooks
on 17 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Simon Coe
on 17 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Charles Salt
on 15 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sabrina Garcia
on 15 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Angela Proctor
on 1 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Hazel Strange
on 30 Jun 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Charles Salt
on 23 Jun 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Janet Phillips
on 21 Jun 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Guy Mitchell
on 14 Jun 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Dave Morris
on 11 Jun 2016

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