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How clean are North Devon’s beaches?

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 November 2017

Westward Ho! beach has been rated 'excellent'

Westward Ho! beach has been rated 'excellent'

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Find out what the water quality is like at your local beach from a list of 13 North Devon beaches

Woolacombe has once again been rated 'excellent' Woolacombe has once again been rated 'excellent'

More than half of the beaches in North Devon have been rated as ‘excellent’ following the release of this year’s bathing water quality results.

Eight beaches have the highest standard in the Environment Agency’s 2017 classification.

Combesgate Beach at Woolacombe, Hartland Quay, Ilfracombe’s Tunnels Beach, Lynmouth, Putsborough, Saunton Sands, Westward Ho! and Woolacombe Village are the beaches branded excellent.

The EA calculates a bathing water classification annually, based on samples from the previous four years. The ratings range from ‘poor’ to ‘sufficient’, ‘good’ and ‘excellent’.

Instow beach Instow beach

Croyde Bay and Hele at Ilfracombe both remain ‘good’.

But after being downgraded to sufficient last year, Combe Martin has this year been rated as ‘poor’, joining Instow and Ilfracombe’s Wildersmouth beach.

North Devon Council’s executive member for tourism, Councillor Pat Barker, said; “It’s great news for tourism that so many beaches in North Devon have been classified as having excellent or good bathing water quality.

“Now that more information is readily available online people are more inclined to check ratings before booking a holiday.

“Water sports is proving to be an increasingly popular attraction to the area for holiday makers as well as being enjoyed by our local residents throughout the year.”

A new and much tougher classification system was introduced three years ago under a scheme that covers all bathing waters in England.

The water quality at designated bathing sites is assessed independently by the EA from May to September each year.

The weekly assessments measure current water quality which feed into the annual rating,

Torridge District Council’s lead member for community, culture and leisure, Councillor Phil Pennington, said: “This is the third time that water quality has been assessed against the new and much tougher EU standards but Torridge’s beaches have once again come through with flying colours achieving the very top grading.

“This is further proof, if any were needed, that Torridge really is a great place to come on holiday with some of the best and cleanest beaches and water in the Country.

“We hope this will continue to inspire visitors to spend more time along our beautiful coastline.”

For a more detailed look at how North Devon’s beaches got on, visit the Environment Agency website.

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