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Row Cove Beach (Stoke Beach)


A sandy beach interspersed with rocks and surrounded by rocky areas set in a large sheltered bay at the western extreme of Bigbury Bay. Access is via a narrow path and down steps to the beach.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2017 Not tested

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Row Cove Beach (Stoke Beach) beach


Some parking is available on the fringes of Revelstoke Park.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are allowed

Beach cleaning

No current information



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You can investigate the rockpools, do a spot of bird watching and boating is popular here to.

Wildlife and Walks

Local coastal walks along the South West Coast Path. A lovely 13th Century church is nearby - Church of St Peter the Poor Fisherman. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand, pebbles, rock,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling. You can use the beach map to find the closest beach that is tested for water quality.

Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 Not tested

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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There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

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 Row Cove Beach (Stoke 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 Row Cove Beach (Stoke Beach) 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

Mussel InnSustainable

St Elizabeth Houseunsustainable

Kingfisher Fish & ChipsSustainable

The BridgeSustainable

Thai in the ParkSustainable

Chandlers Bar & RestaurantSustainable

Lockyers QuaySustainable

The Miners Arms Hemerdon Ltdunsustainable


National Marine AquariumSustainable

The Terrace CafeSustainable

Rockfish Seafood - PlymouthSustainable

Heaven Bar and Restaurantunsustainable

The Boathouse CafeSustainable


Glassblowing HouseSustainable

Shirley Valentines TavernaSustainable

The Village Restaurantunsustainable

The Navy InnSustainable

Barbican Fish BarSustainable

Harbourside Fish and ChipsSustainable

Meze Bar and GrillSustainable

Dolphin House BrazzerieSustainable

Seafood & Pasta Barunsustainable


The ShipSustainable


Rockys Restaurantunsustainable

The Vauxhall Quayunsustainable

Blues Bar and GrillSustainable

The Gallery Restaurantunsustainable

Noodle Loungeunsustainable



B.E.D Cafe Bar RestaurantSustainable

Barbican KitchenSustainable


Spice Wellunsustainable



Restaurant 60 & the NotteSustainable


The Mission Bar & Restaurantunsustainable

Bistro OneSustainable

Imperial Gardenunsustainable


The ChancelSustainable

Tanners RestaurantSustainable

The TreasurySustainable

Morgans Italian Mediterraneanunsustainable

The Berkeley Bar and GrillSustainable

YO! Sushi - PlymouthSustainable

Chloes RestaurantSustainable

West Hoe Fish FryersSustainable

The BankSustainable

Theatre Royal RestaurantSustainable



Duke of CornwallSustainable

Lanterns Kebab and Steak Houseunsustainable

Steves Brasserieunsustainable

Aglio OlioSustainable

The Steak and OmeletteSustainable


The Grecian TavernaSustainable


The Leandraunsustainable

Churchills RestaurantSustainable

The Artillery TowerSustainable


Las Iguanasunsustainable


Le Bistrot PierreSustainable


River Cottage Canteen - PlymouthSustainable

Rock Salt Cafe & BrasserieSustainable

Jolly Jacks Waterfront Bar and BistroSustainable


The ViewSustainable

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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 Row Cove Beach (Stoke Beach) 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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