Braye Bay


Braye Bay
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A wide north-facing bay with soft sand, sheltered by an extremely long breakwater. Only a short walk from town, relatively safe and suitable for young families. This is one of Alderney’s most popular beaches though it remains uncrowded.


Sailing is popular and races are often held in the bay, such as the Daft Raft Race during Alderney Week. Water sports include water skiing and wind surfing and the far right hand side of the beach is sometimes used by surfers.

Wildlife and Walks

This is a long beach with wonderful views, which is backed by grassy areas suitable for a stroll. There are some interesting rock pools at the Albert end of the beach where fishermen sometimes look for bait.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 Not tested

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.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

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 Braye Bay

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There is parking next to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

No current information