Hythe Beach

Hythe beach is a large pebble beach backed by a concrete promenade. You have three stretches of beach:

  • The Main Beach stretches from Twiss Road, along West Parade until you reach Fisherman’s Beach.
  • Fisherman’s beach is a working beach where the boats are kept on the beach and you have a fishmongers cafe that sells local catch of the day. The fisherman was granted the right to maintain boats on the beach in the 15th century, a right confirmed by Elizabeth 1st when creating the Cinque Ports in return for providing crews for the “Men of War” that fought in the battle against the Spanish Armada.
  • Foreshore beach is closed when the MOD Hythe firing range is active. When the range is not in use, the public may walk the foreshore path from Fisherman’s beach to the Redoubt at Tankerton Beach.

The beach has steps and some ramps from the promenade and although the pebble area at the top is wide you do have a steep slope down to the water and/or low tide part of the beach.

Hythe beach is zoned, with swimming and boat launch areas. Personal craft can be launched at the Smugglers Slipway, 450m to the East of Twiss Road, whilst motorized craft can be launched at the Battery Point Slipway, 2km East of Twiss Road.

Midway along West Parade, you have the Hythe and Saltwood Sailing Club.

Parking is on the road or a small pay and display car park. Cafe and restaurant on the concrete promenade backing onto the beach. Toilets have disabled facilities (open from Easter to October).

Hythe Beach has dog restrictions.
Hythe beach does not allow dogs between St Leonards Road and Twiss Road, during May to October.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 2 beaches at Hythe, 46 beaches in Kent, or check our list of Kent Dog Friendly Beaches.

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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 18.8℃ to 20℃ with wind speed 4.6 m/sec (SW)
Tuesday, Aug 16
Expect a temp in the range 18.1℃ to 18.9℃ with wind speed 4.8 m/sec (WSW)
Wednesday, Aug 17
Expect a temp in the range 17.2℃ to 17.9℃ with wind speed 1.9 m/sec (ESE)
Thursday, Aug 18
Expect a temp in the range 17.5℃ to 18.2℃ with wind speed 5.2 m/sec (NNE)
Friday, Aug 19
Expect a temp in the range 16.6℃ to 18.6℃ with wind speed 3.4 m/sec (W)
Saturday, Aug 20
Expect a temp in the range 12.7℃ to 15.4℃ with wind speed 4.5 m/sec (WNW)
Sunday, Aug 21
Expect a temp in the range 13℃ to 15.3℃ with wind speed 4.9 m/sec (W)

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

Hythe Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Hythe Beach is at Folkestone 8.04 km (5.00 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height.

Mon 15 Aug
   High Tide at 01:47 (Height 7.10m)
   Low Tide at 09:31 (Height 0.63m)
   High Tide at 14:01 (Height 7.37m)
   Low Tide at 21:52 (Height 0.41m)
Tue 16 Aug
   High Tide at 02:28 (Height 6.97m)
   Low Tide at 10:05 (Height 0.78m)
   High Tide at 14:43 (Height 7.24m)
   Low Tide at 22:27 (Height 0.64m)
Wed 17 Aug
   High Tide at 03:10 (Height 6.77m)
   Low Tide at 10:36 (Height 1.04m)
   High Tide at 15:26 (Height 7.00m)
   Low Tide at 23:00 (Height 1.00m)
Thu 18 Aug
   High Tide at 03:53 (Height 6.49m)
   Low Tide at 11:06 (Height 1.39m)
   High Tide at 16:11 (Height 6.67m)
   Low Tide at 23:33 (Height 1.44m)
Fri 19 Aug
   High Tide at 04:42 (Height 6.16m)
   Low Tide at 11:38 (Height 1.80m)
   High Tide at 17:01 (Height 6.26m)
   Low Tide at 00:11 (Height 1.90m)
Sat 20 Aug
   High Tide at 05:41 (Height 5.81m)
   Low Tide at 12:23 (Height 2.22m)
   High Tide at 18:01 (Height 5.86m)
Sun 21 Aug
   Low Tide at 01:08 (Height 2.30m)
   High Tide at 06:51 (Height 5.56m)
   Low Tide at 13:37 (Height 2.51m)
   High Tide at 19:16 (Height 5.60m)

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