Sandwich Bay


Sandwich Bay
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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 long, sandy beach with a nature reserve to the north of the beach - the Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve. The beach joins with its southern neighbours: Deal castle Beach and Kingsdown Beach. The northern end is often used by naturists.


Betteshanger Park & Kent Mining Museum is south of the beach - a country park where you can explore the mining heritage of the area which they showcase alongside sustainable energy. Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust operate from here, they organise regular talks and events.

Wildlife and Walks

At Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve you can see a multitude of wildfowl and waders from oystercatchers and curlews to redshank and little terns - the Kent Wildlife Trust have more information. There are boat trips from the harbour for spotting seals.

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

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Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Sandwich Bay



Parking available near the reserve and towards the north of the beach. The reserve and visitor centre are wheelchair accessible.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information