Folkestone - The Warren


Folkestone - The Warren
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

To the north east of Folkestone Harbour beach, Folkestone - The Warren is a sandy beach which is rocky in places, especially at high tide. The beach is surrounded by chalky cliffs and the Warren/East Cliff Country Park.


You can swim, go rockpooling or play some golf here. Explore the East Cliff and Warren Country Park, known for its wildlife and geology. This area is fantastic for fossil hunting.

Wildlife and Walks

Walk along the beach or on coastal footpaths. The Battle of Britain Memorial is behind the beach. Samphire Hoe reserve is north east, within Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, its chalky cliffs are home to a host of insects and plants, including over 8,000 early spider orchids.

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 Folkestone - The Warren

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There is some parking by the beach and more is available at the country park.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information