West Beach, Whitstable


West Beach, Whitstable
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A popular seaside town and shingle beach owned by the Whitstable Oyster Company. Good range of local shops, restaurants and a small harbour where a local shell fishing fleet operates.


There is a cycle path between Whitstable and Canterbury. The beach is popular for swimming and sailing. There is a yacht club, tennis courts and holiday park behind the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

Walk to the east, through Whitstable, towards Tankerton Slopes for beautiful views. Kent Wildlife Trust’s fantastic wetland reserve, Oare Marshes, is nearby - see avocet, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Marsh Harrier and Curlew. The RSPBs Blean Woods is a short drive south of the beach.

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

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

Facilities at West Beach, Whitstable

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



Parking available off Island Wall.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information