Portland Harbour Castle Cove

Dorset

Portland Harbour Castle Cove
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

The Portland Harbour beaches are small and secluded. The beaches are on a spit, just like the neighbouring Chesil Beach starting at the ruins of Castleton Castle. Castle Cove is a small privately owned sandy beach backed by cliffs.

Activities

Swimming, snorkeling, diving and sailing are popular here. Drop into the lovely Sandsfoot Cafe for some scones.

Wildlife and Walks

There is a network of coastal footpaths in the area and 3 castles to visit. Fleet Nature Reserve is nearby and the whole area is great for bird watching, has rare plant species, a variety of insects, including butterflies.

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 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.


More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.

Weather

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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
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 Portland Harbour Castle Cove

Food Food Toilets Toilets

Parking

 

There is a small amount of free on-road parking by the beaches.

Dog restrictions

 

No current information

Beach cleaning

Beach is not cleaned

Lifeguards

None.