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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A quiet and very long beach with great views and backed by a reserve - Castle Hill - near the Newhaven Fort, managed by the Lewes District Council. The Hope Inn is behind the beach for a bite to eat.


Enjoy some bathing at the beach and explore the reserve - the council have more information: The RSPB Adur is not too far away and has some great bird species (40 minute drive away). Lewes castle is north of the beach (20 minute drive away).

Wildlife and Walks

Walks along the beach or to nearby Seaford Museum and Lewes Castle. The Seahaven Coastal Trail is a lovely walk with beautiful views which runs from Saltdean to Exceat.

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

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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 Newhaven

Food Food



Car park off Fort Rise.

Dog restrictions


Dog walking is allowed on the reserve.

Beach cleaning

No current information