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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

To the north of the pier, this popular sandy beach has low, wooden groynes and is backed by a sea wall. The promenade extends to Harwich Town. There are beach huts to the north and south of the beach.


Water sports are popular - zoning applies. There is a swimming pool and sports centre, a boating pond and model yacht pond, and a skateboard park and recreation ground. There are forts to the north of the beach - Beacon Hill Fort and Harwich Redoubt Fort and the Harwich Maritime Museum.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is near Hemford Water National Nature Reserve which is wonderful for its wildfowl and waders. To the south, a little further away, is the John Weston Nature Reserve, which has lapwing, redshank, sedge & reed warblers and also has some interesting moths and migrant bird species.

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

Strong currents Strong currents
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 Dovercourt

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Free and Pay and Display car parking is available. Low Road Car Park is to the south of the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.