Broadstairs, Stone Bay


Broadstairs, Stone Bay
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A peaceful sandy bay with chalk cliffs and a promenade, excellent for rockpooling. Disabled and pram access is via the historic Broadstairs Harbour. It has a wide choice of coastal walks and cycle routes.


Bathing and sailing are popular here. Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust are a 30 minute drive away (south) - they run regular events throughout the year. The Thanet Coast Project operates around this part of the coast - the project aims to raise awareness about and protect coastal wildlife.

Wildlife and Walks

Broadstairs town is within walking distance. The coastal path runs past the beach to Botany Bay, Kingsgate, and to the south is Ramsgate Harbour. There are numerous reserves in this gorgeous part of the UK including: Sandwich & Pegwell Bay and Monkton Nature Reserve.

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

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
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 Broadstairs, Stone Bay

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Adjacent Broadstairs Harbour and off-street parking.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are not allowed between 10am to 6pm between 1st May to 30th September.

Beach cleaning

The beach is cleaned regularly.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 8th July - 3rd September 2017

Weekends: 27th May - 2nd July 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.