Minster Leas


Minster Leas
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

23 July 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A long sand and shingle beach facing north-east on the Isle of Sheppey. Backed by marshes and the small historic town of Minster. Fantastic views of the estuary from the wide, long promenade.


A popular spot for windsurfers and fishermen. There is a golf course nearby and a boating lake in the coastal park. The watersports beach is located at the Shingle Bank beach, next to Minster Leas beach. Also, a popular beach for walkers and those who just want to admire the great views.

Wildlife and Walks

Explore the coastal park and marshland or walk into Minster and see the historic Minster Abbey Gatehouse Museum building. South of the beach is Swale National Nature Reserve and on the opposite side of Sheppey is Elmley National Nature Reserve, both are fantastic for birds.

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

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 Minster Leas

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Two adjacent car parks & parking along The Leas road & the adjacent Shingle Bank beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Daily cleaning every day throughout year.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 8th July - 3rd September 2017

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