Walpole Bay, Margate


Walpole Bay, Margate
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Sufficient

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sandy beach good for investigating tidal pools. It has a long bay and promenade. There is just a sliver of beach left at high tide. The Palm Bay Cafe & Games Centre is to the east of the beach for refreshments.


There is a crazy golf and a bowling green on the upper promenade.

Wildlife and Walks

On the Thanet coast path and near the town centre. Two nature reserves nearby are Monkton Nature Reserve, which has dragonflies, grass snakes, water voles, brown long-eared bats and sparrow hawks and Sandwich & Pegwell Bay - see oystercatchers and curlews, redshank and little terns.

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 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.

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 Walpole Bay, Margate

Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



The Bowls Club or Leisure Centre, at opposite ends of the beach, have parking facilities.

Dog restrictions


No dogs allowed at any time between 1st May and 30th September.

Beach cleaning

Daily clean by mobile unit during May to September.