Southwold The Denes


Southwold The Denes
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Sufficient

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

The Denes is a quiet shingle beach, backed by marshes and bordered by the mouth of the river Blyth on one side and the historical seaside town of Southwold on the other. Further north are beach huts and toilets, just off Ferry Road.


Surfing, windsurfing and fishing are popular and the Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum is next to the beach. There is a golf course behind the beach and further north there are places to eat and drink in Southwold.

Wildlife and Walks

There is a coast path with walks north to Southwold and beyond or south along the banks of the river. Suffolk Coast NNR is south of the beach and consists of 3 fasntatsic reserves: Walberswick, Hen Reedbed and Dingle Marshes.

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

2018 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

Forecasts are not available for this location.

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 Southwold The Denes

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



There are two car parks available on the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed south of Southwold but towards the main town dogs are not allowed during the summer months.

Beach cleaning

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