Ringstead Bay

Dorset

Ringstead Bay
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

700 yards of shingle beach, once used by smugglers, and overlooked by unspoilt farmland and cliffs. The beach is quite a walk down hill from a National Trust car park.

Activities

Swimming and sailing are popular here.

Wildlife and Walks

Ringstead Bay is on the South West Coast Path. The fantastic Durdle Door archway is a few miles walk away and the scenery from these chalky headlands is spectacular. Take the eastern route along the coastline towards the Purbeck Heritage Coast reserve or south to Portland.

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.

Weather

This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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 Ringstead Bay

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops

Parking

 

Free National Trust car park - above Southdown Farm, quite a walk up hill from the beach. Pay parking in the village.

Dog restrictions

 

Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None.