Hampton Pier - East


Hampton Pier - East
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A rural pebble beach with a slipway. The slip is available about 2 hours either side of high tide. Just east of Herne Bay with its wooden huts and fish and chips, this beach sits just in front of Herne Bay Downs - an SSSI.


Boating and Jet-skiing are popular here. Herne Bay Downs is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Ramsar site and a Special Protection Area for Birds. Sparrow hawks are regularly seen in the area.

Wildlife and Walks

The Downs are fantastic. Stodmarsh Reserve is nearby and has bearded reedlings, bitterns, marsh harriers and large flocks of swallows and sand martins migrate through in spring and autumn. Oare Marshes and Blean Woods are fairly close by.

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.


There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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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 Hampton Pier - East

Toilets Toilets Slipway Slipway



Parking available near the pier.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 1st May and 30th September and must be kept on leads on promenades.

Beach cleaning

No current information