Herne Bay Central


Herne Bay Central
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

With wooden beach huts, a shingle beach and fish and chip shops, this Kent resort is a typical English beach town. The beach is to the west of the harbour and Clock Tower.


There is a sailing club, Waltrop Gardens and mini golf. To the east of the harbour is Herne Bay Downs - a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Ramsar site and a Special Protection Area for Birds, where sparrow hawks are regular visitors.

Wildlife and Walks

Visit the Reculver Visitor Centre (Kent Wildlife Trust) and explore the Country Park. Look out for sand and house martins, swallows, skylarks, kestrels, marsh harriers and gannets. There’s also Manx shearwater here - see groups flying low over the water towards land in the evenings.

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

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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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 Herne Bay Central

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



Parking is available off Central Parade.

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