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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

To the east of Jaywick Martello Tower, this sandy beach is privately owned and has been reconstructed with the addition of thousands of tons of sand. This has extended the beach and made access from Clacton easier.


The Martello Holiday Park is next to the beach. Jet ski launching is possible from a private boat yard. Walking and cycling are popular.

Wildlife and Walks

North east of the beach is Great Holland Pits Nature Reserve, a former gravel pit, it has many plants and birds including Nightingale, kingfisher, Coot, Little Grebe, Woodcock and Long eared Owls - visit Essex Wildlife Trust’s website for more details. The Colne Estuary Reserve is west of the beach.

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

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 Jaywick

Toilets Toilets



Both pay and display and free parking is available.

Dog restrictions


No current information

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly during the summer.