Ramsgate Western Undercliffe


Ramsgate Western Undercliffe
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sandy beach with tidal pools which is backed by high chalk cliffs - it is located next to Ramsgate port and town.


Swimming and sailing are popular. Explore Ramsgate or take a trip to the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust, a short drive away to the south. The Trust organise regular talks and events - their website has more information.

Wildlife and Walks

A few miles south west (managed by the Kent Wildlife Trust) is a fantastic reserve which has many wildfowl and waders. See oystercatchers and curlews, redshank and little terns here. Monkton Nature Reserve is a short drive west and has some great habitats and wildlife.

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

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
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 Ramsgate Western Undercliffe

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Parking available off Military Road.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are not allowed at any time on the beach near the harbour between 1st May to 30th September.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.