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Folkestone

Kent

This sand and shingle beach is located in a bay, backed by cliffs.

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Water Quality

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency from 15th May to 30th September.

View latest results and any daily forecasts here

Today's Forecast

No water quality warning issued
7 Jul 2015
(Information provided by the Environment Agency)

Facilities

Food availableToilets

Parking

There is no car parking available. but on-street car parking is available on Wear Bay Road.

Dog restrictions

Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily

Lifeguards

None

See safety tab

Activities

Swimming and surfing.

Wildlife and Walks

Walks - The Warren. The Leas. Coastal Park. Wear Bay Road is part of a cycle route. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand, shingle,

Beach Location

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Wildlife sightings

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Read more about wildlife sightings at this beach and how to report sightings.

Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency from 15th May to 30th September.

Find out more about designated bathing waters here.

What is water quality?

Bathing water quality refers to the amount of bacteria present in the sea, which can vary from beach to beach, and can change daily, even on the same beach. High levels of bacteria can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works and storm overflows or run-off from agricultural and urban areas.

Water quality is usually reduced for 24 to 72 hours after heavy rainfall.

Annual result

2014: projected good

At the end of this summer, beaches will be classified with new standards that use four years of sample data. The projected result above shows how the beach would have been rated last year if the new standards had been used, using data from 2011 to 2014. What does this mean?

The new standards don't need to be used until the end of this summer - in 2014 this beach was classified as:

2014: guideline

How the new and old standards compare

Latest info

Check for daily pollution forecasts and the latest sample results here

Safety, Weather & Tides

Displaying nearest weather point within 10 miles of Folkestone

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal
cut-off
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

Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Folkestone

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Jenny Downs
on 30 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sighted A jellyfish has been spotted
by Stuart Reader
on 14 Jan 2015

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