Southwold The Pier


Southwold The Pier
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A traditional beach resort with a pier and beach huts. There are cafes and restaurants near the pier. Near the town the beach is mostly shingle.


Fish from the pier or enjoy other amusements and strolling along the promenade. Swimming and water sports are popular such as windsurfing and jet-skiing. There is a boating lake behind the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve is south of the beach and consists of three fantastic reserves which are well worth a visit: 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 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

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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Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

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Facilities at Southwold The Pier

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



Parking available off North Parade.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed on the beach nearest the town during the summer months.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly.


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