Leigh Bell Wharf


Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Sufficient

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sandy beach at the western end of Southend-on-Sea. Leigh On Sea Sailing Club is here and there is a restaurant and bar for refreshments. Leigh Cliffs East Park is just to the east of the beach.


Explore the seafront and visit Leigh Heritage Centre which looks out over Hadleigh Ray. Just next door to the beach is Essex Wildlife Trust’s Two Tree Island and Leigh National Nature Reserve, a 640 acre island which supports many migrant bird species and where the lovely avocet breeds each year.

Wildlife and Walks

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.

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 Sufficient

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

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

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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Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
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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 Leigh Bell Wharf

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



There is parking off high Street.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information