Clacton Beach Martello Tower


Clacton Beach Martello Tower
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

South of Clacton Pier, this is a large sandy resort beach backed by a promenade and overlooked by cliff top gardens. This a popular beach with both tourists and locals.


Go for a swim or try a water sport - kitesurfing, windsurfing, sea canoeing and sailing are popular here. There is crazy golf nearby. Chose from the many restaurants along the seafront and behind the pier for a bite to eat.

Wildlife and Walks

The cliff-top gardens above the beach are worth exploring. East of the beach is Great Holland Pits Nature Reserve, a former gravel pit, which has many plants and birds including Nightingale, kingfisher, Coot, Little Grebe, Woodcock and Long eared Owls - Essex Wildlife Trust have more information.

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 Good

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.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

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 Clacton Beach Martello Tower

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There is pay parking near the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed during summer.

Beach cleaning

The beach is cleaned daily during the summer.