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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A shingle beach, situated in front of the small village. The National Trust have a tearoom here with home made cakes and local produce.


Explore the Heath behind the beach, managed by the National Trust, it has some fantastic species such as the wonderful Dartford warbler, nightjar, woodlark and fabulous adders. The remains of 13th century Greyfriars Priory are just south of the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

The RSPBs Minsmere is nearby and right on site is RSPBs Dingle Marshes - both reserves have a whole host of bird species such as avocet, bittern, marsh harrier, stonechat and wigeon.

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

2018 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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Dunwich

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



There is a large National Trust car park at the beach - a charge applies for non-members.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are welcome here year round.

Beach cleaning

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