East Sussex

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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

The beach is a sand and shingle beach with a large promenade nearby with access to shops and restaurants. Brighton and Hove’s Seafront Office has beach wheelchairs available for hire.


Popular activities here are: swimming, surfing (west pier) and sailing - there are children’s areas. There’s also a water sports centre.

Wildlife and Walks

Rockpools are good between Roedean and Saltdean at low tide. There is a cycle route the length of the seafront. RSPBs Adur Estuary reserve is nearby - there are some fantastic bird species there, including: dunlin, lapwing, oystercatcher, redshank and ringed plover - the RSPBs site has more info.

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 Excellent

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

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 Hove

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



There is parking available for a charge. Parking near Pewdie Park.

Dog restrictions


Dogs welcome between 1st October - 30th April. Please check signs for restrictions.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer