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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

This straight beach, near to Romney Marsh, is a mix of sand and shingle. The beach has a wide concrete footway and a low sea wall. At low tide, the sand stretches out about 1/2 mile and the Romney to Dymchurch steam railway runs past the beach. Refreshments available near Dymchurch Martello Tower.


Go swimming at the beach and visit the Kent Wildlife Trust’s Romney Marsh Visitor Centre for information on the area and a bite to eat at the cafe - there’s also a gift shop and gallery there in the Trust’s award winning eco-friendly building.

Wildlife and Walks

The RSPBs Dungeness National Nature Reserve is to the the south and further inland is Ham Street Woods National Nature Reserve, an ancient woodland where you can hear the sound of nightingales or be lucky and spot hawfinches.

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.


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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Dymchurch

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There is a large car park off Dymchurch Road.

Dog restrictions


Seasonal restrictions apply, please check beach signs for more information.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily