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Whitsand Bay (Sharrow)


Small rural and unspoilt beach with large number of rocky outcrops. Beware high tide when this part of coast divides into small coves. Very popular with locals and visitors. There is a small path and steps down 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 Whitsand Bay (Sharrow) beach


There is a car park above the beach, just west of Freathy.

Dog restrictions

Dog friendly all year. Please tidy up after your dog and take your litter home.

Beach cleaning

Please take your litter home to help keep the beach clean and beautiful.



Dates and times | See safety tab


Surfing. Please beware of rip-currents. Not ideal for snorkeling - there is a designated area for swimming. There is some good rock pooling. Sunken frigate, HMS Scylla, lies on the seabed in the bay, making this a popular dive site.

Wildlife and Walks

When the tide is out you can walk around Sharrow Point to neighbouring Freathy beach or turn west and head towards Tregantle Beach. The beach is right on the SW Coast Path. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: bay, 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 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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This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach


Dates and times

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 Whitsand Bay (Sharrow) 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 Whitsand Bay (Sharrow) 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

The Finnygook InnSustainable

Whitsand Bay HotelSustainable

Jolly Jacks Waterfront Bar and BistroSustainable

River Cottage Canteen - PlymouthSustainable

Las Iguanasunsustainable


Le Bistrot PierreSustainable

The Artillery TowerSustainable

Rock Salt Cafe & BrasserieSustainable


West Hoe Fish FryersSustainable

Duke of CornwallSustainable

Steves Brasserieunsustainable



The Grecian TavernaSustainable

The Leandraunsustainable


Aglio OlioSustainable


Theatre Royal RestaurantSustainable

The BankSustainable

The Steak and OmeletteSustainable

Chloes RestaurantSustainable


Morgans Italian Mediterraneanunsustainable

The Berkeley Bar and GrillSustainable

Lanterns Kebab and Steak Houseunsustainable

The TreasurySustainable

Tanners RestaurantSustainable


The ChancelSustainable


Restaurant 60 & the NotteSustainable


The Terrace CafeSustainable

The Mission Bar & Restaurantunsustainable

Barbican KitchenSustainable

Noodle Loungeunsustainable



Spice Wellunsustainable


Blues Bar and GrillSustainable


Rockys Restaurantunsustainable


YO! Sushi - PlymouthSustainable

Shirley Valentines TavernaSustainable

Seafood & Pasta Barunsustainable


The ShipSustainable

The Village Restaurantunsustainable

The Navy InnSustainable

Barbican Fish BarSustainable

Harbourside Fish and ChipsSustainable

The Boathouse CafeSustainable


Glassblowing HouseSustainable

The Vauxhall Quayunsustainable


Meze Bar and GrillSustainable

Dolphin House BrazzerieSustainable

B.E.D Cafe Bar RestaurantSustainable

Imperial Gardenunsustainable

Rockfish Seafood - PlymouthSustainable

National Marine AquariumSustainable

Bistro OneSustainable

Chandlers Bar & RestaurantSustainable

Lockyers QuaySustainable


Thai in the ParkSustainable

Heaven Bar and Restaurantunsustainable

The BridgeSustainable

Mussel InnSustainable

Langdon CourtSustainable

Trawlers on the Quayunsustainable

St Elizabeth Houseunsustainable

The Gallery 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 Whitsand Bay (Sharrow) 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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