Swanage Central


Swanage Central
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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

The safe sheltered bay is flanked by magnificent chalk headlands on either side.The gently sloping sands form a good 2km family beach with a promenade, providing all the facilities of a small seaside resort. Swanage has successfully qualified for Blue Flag and Seaside Award for 17 consecutive years.


Popular activities here include: swimming, windsurfing. diving, sailing, sea canoeing, fishing and crazy golf and bowls. There is cycle hire, a diving school and boat trips on offer at the nearby marina. The Swanage Tourist Information Centre is just behind the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

The Dorset Coast Path extends in both directions from Swanage Bay, passing through beautiful countryside along this section of coast. The path to the north leads to Handfast Point, providing excellent views of Old Harry Rocks and Poole Bay.

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.


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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Swanage Central

Food Food Toilets Toilets



Parking available. Disabled parking is along the seafront past the clock tower - more spaces in the town.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed June 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.