Preston (Weymouth Lodmoor)


Preston (Weymouth Lodmoor)
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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

Preston Beach is located on the Eastern side of the rock Groyne at Lodmoor. It is a more rural beach as opposed to the resort beaches further south. Weymouth Central beach has more facilities such as disabled toilets.


Preston beach is zoned. tThere is a ski boat approach zone for vessels to access the beach to pick up skiers (skiing activities should be kept to the seaward side of the 8 knot buoys), anchoring zone and a sailboard approach channel. For more info go to

Wildlife and Walks

Learn more about the town and join an organised trail or visit one of the RSPBs reserves - Radipole & Lodmoor - Radipole lake has 250 bird species and over 200 plants. The Coastal Path runs past the beach - head south for the Chesil Beach tombolo and north east, around the bay, to Overcombe.

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

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit

Facilities at Preston (Weymouth Lodmoor)

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



There are 3 car parks close to Preston beach. Lodmoor car park has disabled spaces and toilets. The beach car park at Overcombe has toilets as you leave the car park (just before the beach).

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed here but restriction apply for Weymouth Beach further south.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer