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Set in front of Portwrinkle, a tradition fishing village, the beach is located just the other side of the Tamar from Plymouth. This tranquil sandy and rocky rural beach is popular with surfers and rock pool enthusiasts alike.

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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 Portwrinkle beach

ToiletsLitter bins


Plenty of car parking available by the beach.

Dog restrictions

Dogs not allowed Easter to October 31st, when a seasonal ban is in place.

Beach cleaning

The beach is not cleaned.



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Investigate the rockpools at low tide and enjoy a much needed drink at the Jolly Roger Cafe which sits just behind the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is part of the coastal path. To the west is a small harbour and to the east is Tregantle Beach - behind this is Tregantle Fort - built under Lord Palmerston's premiership. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand, rock,

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

Displaying nearest weather point within 10 miles of Portwrinkle

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 Portwrinkle 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 Portwrinkle 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

Whitsand Bay HotelSustainable

The Finnygook InnSustainable

The ViewSustainable

Jolly Jacks Waterfront Bar and BistroSustainable

River Cottage Canteen - PlymouthSustainable

Las Iguanasunsustainable


Le Bistrot PierreSustainable

The Artillery TowerSustainable

Trawlers on the Quayunsustainable

Rock Salt Cafe & BrasserieSustainable



West Hoe Fish FryersSustainable

Duke of CornwallSustainable

Steves Brasserieunsustainable

The Leandraunsustainable

The Grecian TavernaSustainable

Aglio OlioSustainable




Theatre Royal RestaurantSustainable

The Steak and OmeletteSustainable

The BankSustainable


Lanterns Kebab and Steak Houseunsustainable

Chloes RestaurantSustainable

Morgans Italian Mediterraneanunsustainable

The Berkeley Bar and GrillSustainable

The TreasurySustainable


Tanners RestaurantSustainable

The ChancelSustainable


Restaurant 60 & the NotteSustainable


The Mission Bar & Restaurantunsustainable

Barbican KitchenSustainable

Spice Wellunsustainable

Noodle Loungeunsustainable



YO! Sushi - PlymouthSustainable


The Terrace CafeSustainable

Blues Bar and GrillSustainable


Rockys Restaurantunsustainable

Seafood & Pasta Barunsustainable


The ShipSustainable

Shirley Valentines TavernaSustainable

The Village Restaurantunsustainable

The Navy InnSustainable

Barbican Fish BarSustainable

Harbourside Fish and ChipsSustainable


The Vauxhall Quayunsustainable


Glassblowing HouseSustainable


The Boathouse CafeSustainable

B.E.D Cafe Bar RestaurantSustainable

Meze Bar and GrillSustainable

Dolphin House BrazzerieSustainable

Imperial Gardenunsustainable

Bistro OneSustainable


Rockfish Seafood - PlymouthSustainable

National Marine AquariumSustainable

Chandlers Bar & RestaurantSustainable

Lockyers QuaySustainable

Heaven Bar and Restaurantunsustainable

Thai in the ParkSustainable

The BridgeSustainable

Mussel InnSustainable

Langdon CourtSustainable

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 Portwrinkle 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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