Hove West

East Sussex

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

The beach is a sand and shingle beach with a large promenade nearby with access to shops and restaurants.


Swimming, surfing (west pier), sailing and lots of watersports - there is a water sports centre here.

Wildlife and Walks

There is a cycle route the length of the seafront. There are small areas of vegetated shingle with seabirds and waders. There are downland and river walks nearby. RSPBs Adur Estuary reserve is nearby - there are some fantastic bird species here such as dunlin, lapwing and redshank.

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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Hove West

Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



There is a car park off hove Street.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are welcome here, near the lagoon. Please check beach signs for restrictions.

Beach cleaning

No current information