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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

23 May 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency

The central beach is a lively and fairly commercialised place with entertainments and amusements on the pier. Nearby beaches are quieter and the Naze, to the north of the beach, is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.


Plenty of entertainments and amusements on the pier. Watersports include fishing as well as windsurfing and sailing. There is a maritime museum nearby and a boating lake. On The Naze, try fossil hunting - this site is an SSSI because of its fossils in the Red Crag cliffs.

Wildlife and Walks

John Weston Nature Reserve is north, which has lapwing, redshank, sedge and reed warblers and is a good place for spotting moths and migrant bird species. Visit the Naze Centre which leads you into Hamford Water an important place for wildfowl and waders and RAMSAR site. Look about for seals!

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 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

No water quality warning issued

23 May 2018

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

Facilities at Walton

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Slipway Slipway



There is pay and display and street parking in the area. Disabled spaces are available.

Dog restrictions


Dog restrictions apply

Beach cleaning

No current information