Kimmeridge Bay


Kimmeridge Bay
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

An unusual beach of sand and fossil bearing shale, popular with divers and snorkelers. Kimmeridge is within Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve.


The wave setup here makes it a popular destination for windsurfers and surfers. The beach is excellent for rockpooling and snorkeling. From nearby Clavell Tower, you can look across the stunning bay.

Wildlife and Walks

The Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Fine Foundation Marine Centre has information on local wildlife and the Trust provide some great site information on their website. The beach is on the South West Coast Path. Walk east to St Aldhelm’s Chapel and head north west along the coastline to Worbarrow 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

2018 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.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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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

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Facilities at Kimmeridge Bay

Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There is parking near the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are welcome.

Beach cleaning

No current information