Pollution alert. Unsafe to swim at popular beach

One of North Devon’s most popular beaches, Saunton Sands, has been classified as unsafe to swim in due to pollution. A pollution warning has been issued by the Environment Agency today. [Sunday 14 August]


The Environment Agency website reads: “Bathing is not advised, due to pollution from sewage. Incident started August 14 2022 10:43, affected water: Saunton Sands.”

Other no go swimming spots due to pollution include Wildersmouth at Ilfracombe and Instow.

It’s not the first time a sewage leak has impacted Devon swimmers. Earlier this year DevonLive reported on pollution warnings having been issued for two Devon beaches by an environmental charity. According to the Surfers’ Against Sewage water quality map, sewers had been emptied into the water at Salcombe North Sands and in Seaton.

Read more: Raw sewage pours into the sea at two Devon beaches

Saunton Sands, which lies on North Devon’s golden coast, has gained a reputation as Devon’s most famous beach for its popularity with residents, visitors, filmmakers and musicians. Its iconic 3 1/2 mile beach makes up a large part of North Devon’s World Surfing Reserve and is overlooked by Braunton Burrows, the core of the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere.