Bracklesham Bay

West Sussex

Bracklesham Bay
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Located in a sandy bay backed by shingle and a sea wall. The beach is excellent for a wide variety of water sports. There is a slipway managed by Chichester District Council together with a boat lane. Personal Watercraft are not permitted.


Lots of popular activities here including: swimming, scuba diving, surfing, sea canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, power boating, fishing, water skiing and snorkeling. Chichester District Council run a Foreshore Service with safety boat.

Wildlife and Walks

Look out for seals! Walk to East Head, managed by the National Trust. East Head is a popular site for bird watchers especially during the winter months when the whole area is teeming with over-wintering migrants. The sand dunes and the salt marsh are rare habitats.

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

Forecasts are not available for this location.

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

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 Bracklesham Bay

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Parking is available behind the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed in designated area May to Sept.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily May to Sept.