Is your beach clean?

To be included in the Good British Beach Guide beaches must meet high standards of water quality these include;

  • During the previous bathing season (i.e. 2011) the Guideline water quality standard was met.
  • 100% of samples taken during the previous bathing season, including samples taken during wet weather, must not have exceeded values set in the Mandatory standard.
  • Any local continuous sewage discharges must be appropriately treated to remove the majority of bacteria and viruses using, as a minimum, secondary treatment.

The below beaches are being recommend by the guide because they have met the "mandatory standard" which means they have managed to achieve the above targets in 95% of tests.

Dorset

Portland Harbour - Sandsfoot Castle Dorset South West

Portland Harbour - Castle Cove Dorset South West

Weymouth - Preston (Lodmoor) Dorset South West

Weymouth - Central Dorset South West

Church Ope Cove Dorset South West

Ringstead Bay Dorset South West

Durdle Door - West Dorset South West

Durdle Door - East Dorset South West

Swanage - Central Dorset South West

Studland Knoll House Dorset South West

Shell Bay North Dorset South West

Poole - Harbour Rockley Sand Dorset South West

Poole Harbour at Hamworthy Park Dorset South West

Poole - Harbour Lake Dorset South West Beach Name County Country/Region

Poole - Sandbanks Peninsular Dorset South West

Poole - Shore Road Dorset South West

Poole - Canford Cliffs Dorset South West

Poole - Branksome Chine Dorset South West

Bournemouth - Alum Chine Dorset South West

Bournemouth - Durley Chine Dorset South West

Bournemouth - Pier Dorset South West

Bournemouth - Boscombe Pier Dorset South West

Bournemouth - Fisherman's Walk Dorset South West

Bournemouth - Southbourne Dorset South West

Bournemouth - Hengistbury West Dorset South West

Christchurch - Mudeford Sandbank East Dorset South West

Christchurch - Avon Beach Dorset South West

Christchurch - Friars Cliff Dorset South West

Christchurch - Highcliffe Castle Dorset South West

Highcliffe Dorset South West

Isle of Wight

Totland Bay Isle of Wight South East

Colwell Bay Isle of Wight South East

Gurnard Isle of Wight South East

Seagrove Isle of Wight South East

St Helens Isle of Wight South East

Sandown - Yaverland Isle of Wight South East

Sandown Isle of Wight South East

Shanklin Isle of Wight South East

Ventnor Isle of Wight South East

Compton Bay Isle of Wight South East

Hampshire

Christchurch Bay Hampshire South East

Milford-on-sea Hampshire South East

Lepe Hampshire South East

Calshot Hampshire South East

Lee-on-Solent Hampshire South East

Stokes Bay Hampshire South East

Southsea (300m West of EC Site) Hampshire South East

Old Portsmouth Beach (Victoria pier) Hampshire South East

Eastney Hampshire South East

Beachlands West Hampshire South East

Beachlands Central Hampshire South East

Eastoke Hampshire South East

Sussex

West Wittering West Sussex South East

Bracklesham Bay West Sussex South East

Pagham West Sussex South East

Bognor Regis (Aldwick) West Sussex South East

Bognor Regis - East West Sussex South East

Felpham West Sussex South East

Littlehampton West Sussex South East

Worthing West Sussex South East

Southwick East Sussex South East

Hove West East Sussex South East

Hove East Sussex South East

Brighton - Kemp Town East Sussex South East

Brighton - Central East Sussex South East

Newhaven - West Quay East Sussex South East

Seaford East Sussex South East

Birling Gap East Sussex South East

Eastbourne East Sussex South East

Norman's Bay East Sussex South East

Cooden Beach East Sussex South East

St. Leonards East Sussex South East

Camber East Sussex South East

Kent

Dymchurch Kent South East

Hythe Kent South East

Sandgate Beach Kent South East

Dover Harbour Kent South East

St Margaret`s Bay Kent South East

Sandwich Bay Kent South East

Ramsgate Sands Kent South East

Ramsgate Western Undercliff Kent South East

Stone Bay Kent South East

Botany Bay Kent South East

Margate - Fulsam Rock Kent South East

Margate - The Bay Kent South East

Westbrook Bay Kent South East

St. Mildred's Bay Kent South East

Westgate Bay Kent South East

Minnis Bay Kent South East

Herne Bay - Central Kent South East

Tankerton Beach Kent South East

Whitstable West Beach Kent South East

Essex

Southend - Westcliff Bay Essex South East

Southend - Three Shells Essex South East

Southend - Thorpe Bay Essex South East

Shoeburyness Essex South East

Shoebury East Essex South East

West Mersea Essex South East

Brightlingsea Essex South East

Jaywick Essex South East

Clacton - Martello Tower Essex South East

Clacton Essex South East

Holland Essex South East

Frinton Essex South East

Walton Essex South East

Dovercourt Bay Essex