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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

23 July 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A traditional seaside beach, situated on the eastern side of the Isle-Of-Sheppey, Kent. This is a sandy beach bounded by flood defences and backed by a promenade. The Swale Estuary, on the southern side of Sheppey, is a recommended Marine Conservation Zone.


Swimming, windsurfing, boating and sailing are all available nearby. On the other side of Sheppey is Elmley National Nature Reserve where you can see large numbers of wildfowl and waders.

Wildlife and Walks

It is possible to walk around the Isle-Of-Sheppey, or walk one of two coastal trails. The Swale National Nature Reserve is south of the beach, a coastal marshland habitat and an SPA with many unusual migrant moths and butterflies and a huge numbers of bird species.

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

No water quality warning issued

23 July 2018

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


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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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 Leysdown

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There is pay parking available off Eastern Road.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed 1st May - 30th September.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 8th July - 3rd September 2017

Weekends: 27th May - 2nd July 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.