St Margarets Bay Beach

St Margarets Bay beach is a mix of sand, pebbles and shingles under white chalk cliffs.

The beach at St Margaret’s is famous for being the closest point to France and is often where Channel swimmers begin their 21-mile swim.

Facilities at the beach include parking, toilets, a cafe and a slipway.

We have no current information on dog restrictions for St Margarets Bay Beach.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 3 beaches at Dover, 46 beaches in Kent, or check our list of Kent Dog Friendly Beaches.

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St Margarets Bay Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - 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.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 3.8℃ to 4.8℃ with wind speed 5.3 m/sec (E)
Monday, Dec 05lightrain
Expect a temp in the range 4.8℃ to 5.7℃ with wind speed 4.4 m/sec (ENE)
Tuesday, Dec 06rain
Expect a temp in the range 6.3℃ to 7℃ with wind speed 3.9 m/sec (NNE)
Wednesday, Dec 07partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 2℃ to 3.3℃ with wind speed 3.7 m/sec (NW)
Thursday, Dec 08cloudy
Expect a temp in the range -2.5℃ to -0.7℃ with wind speed 3.2 m/sec (NW)
Friday, Dec 09clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range -1.9℃ to -1℃ with wind speed 2.5 m/sec (NW)
Saturday, Dec 10clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range -2.3℃ to -1.2℃ with wind speed 3.7 m/sec (WSW)

Dover weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

St Margarets Bay Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to St Margarets Bay Beach is at DOVER 6.08 km (3.78 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Sun 04 Dec
   Low Tide at 02:50 (Height 1.80m)
   High Tide at 08:09 (Height 6.06m)
   Low Tide at 15:27 (Height 1.43m)
   High Tide at 20:50 (Height 5.99m)
Mon 05 Dec
   Low Tide at 03:49 (Height 1.59m)
   High Tide at 08:59 (Height 6.24m)
   Low Tide at 16:23 (Height 1.29m)
   High Tide at 21:34 (Height 6.16m)
Tue 06 Dec
   Low Tide at 04:40 (Height 1.42m)
   High Tide at 09:44 (Height 6.38m)
   Low Tide at 17:09 (Height 1.22m)
   High Tide at 22:12 (Height 6.29m)
Wed 07 Dec
   Low Tide at 05:23 (Height 1.31m)
   High Tide at 10:26 (Height 6.45m)
   Low Tide at 17:48 (Height 1.22m)
   High Tide at 22:49 (Height 6.39m)
Thu 08 Dec
   Low Tide at 06:01 (Height 1.27m)
   High Tide at 11:05 (Height 6.46m)
   Low Tide at 18:21 (Height 1.28m)
   High Tide at 23:25 (Height 6.45m)
Fri 09 Dec
   Low Tide at 06:35 (Height 1.28m)
   High Tide at 11:42 (Height 6.41m)
   Low Tide at 18:51 (Height 1.36m)
Sat 10 Dec
   High Tide at 00:01 (Height 6.46m)
   Low Tide at 07:06 (Height 1.33m)
   High Tide at 12:16 (Height 6.31m)
   Low Tide at 19:19 (Height 1.45m)

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