Poole Sandbanks Peninsular


Poole Sandbanks Peninsular
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A popular sandy beach stretching over 5kms from the tip of Sandbanks Spit to merge with the beaches of Bournemouth. At the southwest end of the spit, the beach is edged by dunes and overlooked by the pavilion and recreation area. Beach is accessible via a ramp and wheelchairs are available to hire.


Popular activities here include: swimming, jet skiing, sailing and windsurfing - there are teaching schools here too. There is a putting green, Crazy golf and a variety of amusements for children.

Wildlife and Walks

The three mile Evening Hill Discovery Trail runs adjacent to the beach. There is a pedestrian ferry to Brownsea Island where you can see tern colonies and the endearing and rare red squirrel.

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

Strong currents Strong currents
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

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 Poole Sandbanks Peninsular

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



There are a number of car parks adjacent to the beach. There is a charge for using the car parks.

Dog restrictions


Designated dog area at the western end of Beach to Haven Point. Dogs not allowed on the rest of the beach during the sum

Beach cleaning

Cleaned daily during the summer.



Dates and times

Service provided by

RLNI - More information about dates and times

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