St Leonards

East Sussex

St Leonards
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sand and shingle beach in the well-established seaside town of Hastings.


Swimming and other water sports are popular and there are entertainments on the pier.

Wildlife and Walks

Explore nearby Hastings and pay a visit to the old fishing quarter. Rye Harbour, managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust, is fairly close (a 40 minute drive). There is a wealth of birds and flowers at Rye - from godwits and grebes to teal and tufted ducks.

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

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

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
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 St Leonards

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There are several car parks situated adjacent to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed on certain areas - please check beach signs for more information.

Beach cleaning

No current information