Southend Chalkwell


Southend Chalkwell
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

20 June 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sandy town beach with a couple of handy cafes at opposite ends of the beach.


Bathing and local amusements. The historic Crowstone is here - at low tide you can walk out to it and read the plaque. The obelisk marks the limit of the Port of London Authority’s jurisdiction. Two Tree Island and Leigh National Nature Reserve, with its population of breeding avocets, is nearby.

Wildlife and Walks

Explore the miles of beach and the longest pleasure pier in the world. Belton Hills Reserve, a Special Site of national significance, is to the west of the beach. It covers 18.5 hectares and has some fantastic wild flowers and over 667 invertebrate species have been recorded at the site.

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 Good

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

No water quality warning issued

20 June 2018

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

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Strong winds Strong winds

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 Southend Chalkwell

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



Parking available off Chalkwell Esplanade.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed between 30th April and 1st October. Guide dogs allowed all year round.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly.