Walpole Bay Beach

Walpole Bay beach is a long sandy beach with a promenade, plenty of rock and tidal pools to explore. It is worth checking the tide times before a visit as at high tide, the sand all but disappears.

The beach is most famous for its Grade II listed tidal pool which was opened in June 1937. The Walpole Bay Tidal Pool was built to combat the big tidal range allowing outdoor swimming for longer periods.  The pool is one of the largest in the UK at 137m (450ft) long, 92m (300ft) wide at the seaward end and 167m (550ft) wide at the beach. There are walls on three sides with the beach acting as the fourth wall, a depth gradually increasing as you move away from the beach to just under 7ft at the seaward end wall. Please note that this tidal pool is cold so come prepared, there are no changing rooms and it does not have a lifeguard.

Facilities at the beach and pool include a lift, toilets, seasonal beach lifeguards, chalets for hire, mini-golf, putting, tennis and indoor bowls nearby. Close to the beach are a number of cafes and restaurants where you can find something to eat or drink. There are parking facilities at the beach as well as disabled access.

Walpole Bay Beach has dog restrictions.
Walpole Bay beach between 1st May and 30th September where dogs are allowed on leads between 10am to 6pm.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 8 beaches at Margate, 46 beaches in Kent, or check our list of Kent Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Walpole 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 7.5℃ to 8℃ with wind speed 8 m/sec (ENE)
Tuesday, Dec 06rain
Expect a temp in the range 8.4℃ to 9℃ with wind speed 6.4 m/sec (NE)
Wednesday, Dec 07fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.8℃ to 6.3℃ with wind speed 7.4 m/sec (NNW)
Thursday, Dec 08clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 2.4℃ to 3.8℃ with wind speed 5.9 m/sec (NW)
Friday, Dec 09fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 3.9℃ to 4.4℃ with wind speed 2.6 m/sec (NNW)
Saturday, Dec 10heavyrain
Expect a temp in the range 2℃ to 2.9℃ with wind speed 4.3 m/sec (NNW)
Sunday, Dec 11cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 2.6℃ to 3.4℃ with wind speed 5.6 m/sec (SW)

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

Walpole Bay Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Walpole Bay Beach is at MARGATE 1.70 km (1.06 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.

Mon 05 Dec
   Low Tide at 03:42 (Height 1.19m)
   High Tide at 09:47 (Height 4.43m)
   Low Tide at 16:14 (Height 0.78m)
   High Tide at 22:30 (Height 4.49m)
Tue 06 Dec
   Low Tide at 04:29 (Height 1.05m)
   High Tide at 10:34 (Height 4.51m)
   Low Tide at 16:53 (Height 0.82m)
   High Tide at 23:09 (Height 4.51m)
Wed 07 Dec
   Low Tide at 05:12 (Height 0.91m)
   High Tide at 11:16 (Height 4.57m)
   Low Tide at 17:27 (Height 0.84m)
   High Tide at 23:42 (Height 4.54m)
Thu 08 Dec
   Low Tide at 05:54 (Height 0.79m)
   High Tide at 11:54 (Height 4.61m)
   Low Tide at 18:03 (Height 0.86m)
Fri 09 Dec
   High Tide at 00:12 (Height 4.58m)
   Low Tide at 06:35 (Height 0.73m)
   High Tide at 12:32 (Height 4.61m)
   Low Tide at 18:38 (Height 0.91m)
Sat 10 Dec
   High Tide at 00:45 (Height 4.58m)
   Low Tide at 07:13 (Height 0.73m)
   High Tide at 13:10 (Height 4.56m)
   Low Tide at 19:11 (Height 0.99m)
Sun 11 Dec
   High Tide at 01:19 (Height 4.54m)
   Low Tide at 07:48 (Height 0.77m)
   High Tide at 13:47 (Height 4.47m)
   Low Tide at 19:43 (Height 1.08m)

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