Newhaven - West Quay

East Sussex

Newhaven - West Quay
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

The beach within the breakwater is sand. To the western side of the breakwater the beach is shingle backed by cliffs. The beach forms part of a quiet and long beach. Castle Hill reserve, near Newhaven Fort, is behind Newhaven.


Popular activities here include: swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, sea canoeing, windsurfing, power boating, water skiing and fishing. The Hope Inn is behind the beach for a bite to eat.

Wildlife and Walks

Newhaven Fort is located on top of the cliffs with tunnels that lead down to the beach. Explore the reserve - visit Lewes District Council for more info on the site. With insects and butterflies and the summer migrant - Lesser Whitethroat - the reserve is well worth visiting.

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

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

Facilities at Newhaven - West Quay

Food Food Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There is parking for 60 cars at the beach - a charge applies.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

Beach is not cleaned