Bowleaze Cove


Bowleaze Cove
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

23 May 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sand and pebble beach backed by cliffs - the sand is covered at high tide. There is a cafe nearby for refreshments.


Swimming is popular here and there are local amusements and a funfair. There is a PWC lane marked, Entry/Exit lane ONLY, designated for PWC (jet skis). There is a ‘SCUBA Instructor’ nearby and cafes for refreshments.

Wildlife and Walks

Walk to an explore the ruins at the top of nearby Jordan Hill or walk to Weymouth, passing two RSPB reserves - Radipole & Lodmoor. Radipole lake has 250 bird species and over 200 plants and at Lodmoor you might spot a kingfisher or bird of prey hunting.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 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 Excellent

What 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

No water quality warning issued

23 May 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Bowleaze Cove

Food Food Shops Shops Slipway Slipway



There is pay and display car parking.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed but there are restrictions further south at Weymouth.

Beach cleaning

No current information