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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 stony beach that disappears at high tide. Low tide reveals an expanse of sand and rock. Just behind the beach is a boating lake and the Norfolk Coast Path runs past the beach. There is a museum and lifeguard station and many cafes and places to eat line the seafront.


Bathing, surfing and other water sports are popular. The North Norfolk Steam Railway is nearby. To the north, along the coast, at Salthouse beach divers explore the largest chalk reef in Britain just offshore. Just to the north is the National Trust’s Blakeney National Nature Reserve.

Wildlife and Walks

Explore the Nearby town which has plenty of shops. 8 miles NW along the coast is Cley Marshes Reserve and visitor centre, managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, where you might spot avocet, spoonbill, wigeon and marsh harrier. The National Trust’s Sheringham Park is nearby.

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.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Facilities at Sheringham

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There is parking off The Esplanade.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are not allowed during the summer months.

Beach cleaning

No current information



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 13th May - 17th September 2017

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