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A sandy cove with fantastic rockpools, backed by low cliffs. Located down a quite country lane and fantastic for spotting some of the UK's most colourful shore life. Wembury Marine Centre also hosts rockpool rambles for kids during the Summer.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2017 Sufficient

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Wembury beach

Food availableToilets


There are approximately 150 car spaces available for a charge.

Dog restrictions

Dogs not allowed May to the end of September when a seasonal ban is in place.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.



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Swimming and rockpool events - there are frequent Rockpool Rambles and events organised by Wembury Marine Centre (Devon Wildlife Trust) for all ages.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is on the South West Coast path where you can walk the Coast to Coast walk to Lynmouth, incorporating Two Moors Way. The area is a voluntary Marine Conservation Area and the amount of wildlife found in rockpools here is staggering. 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 Sufficient

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:

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 Wembury 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 Wembury 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

Langdon CourtSustainable

Mussel InnSustainable

The BridgeSustainable

Chandlers Bar & RestaurantSustainable


Thai in the ParkSustainable

The Terrace CafeSustainable

Lockyers QuaySustainable

National Marine AquariumSustainable

The Boathouse CafeSustainable

Rockfish Seafood - PlymouthSustainable


Glassblowing HouseSustainable

Shirley Valentines TavernaSustainable

The Village Restaurantunsustainable

The Navy InnSustainable

Barbican Fish BarSustainable

Harbourside Fish and ChipsSustainable

Heaven Bar and Restaurantunsustainable

Seafood & Pasta Barunsustainable


The ShipSustainable


Rockys Restaurantunsustainable

Meze Bar and GrillSustainable

Dolphin House BrazzerieSustainable

The Vauxhall Quayunsustainable

Blues Bar and GrillSustainable

Noodle Loungeunsustainable




Barbican KitchenSustainable

Spice Wellunsustainable


Restaurant 60 & the NotteSustainable



B.E.D Cafe Bar RestaurantSustainable

The Mission Bar & Restaurantunsustainable


The ChancelSustainable

West Hoe Fish FryersSustainable

Tanners RestaurantSustainable

Morgans Italian Mediterraneanunsustainable

The Berkeley Bar and GrillSustainable

The TreasurySustainable

Chloes RestaurantSustainable

Imperial Gardenunsustainable

Bistro OneSustainable

Rose and Crownunsustainable

YO! Sushi - PlymouthSustainable

The BankSustainable


Duke of CornwallSustainable

Theatre Royal RestaurantSustainable

Steves Brasserieunsustainable

The Artillery TowerSustainable

Aglio OlioSustainable


Lanterns Kebab and Steak Houseunsustainable

Las Iguanasunsustainable


Le Bistrot PierreSustainable

The Grecian TavernaSustainable

The Steak and OmeletteSustainable



The Leandraunsustainable

River Cottage Canteen - PlymouthSustainable


St Elizabeth Houseunsustainable

Rock Salt Cafe & BrasserieSustainable

Jolly Jacks Waterfront Bar and BistroSustainable


Kingfisher Fish & ChipsSustainable


The Gallery Restaurantunsustainable

The Miners Arms Hemerdon Ltdunsustainable

Churchills RestaurantSustainable

The ViewSustainable

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 Wembury beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Alan Skilton
on 27 Aug 2017

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by David Kilvington
on 26 Aug 2017

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