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The Swale coastline

We are responsible for the following areas of coastline and beaches:

Sheerness beach

An award winning beach since 1991, when it won Kent’s first Blue Flag award. For more information on the Blue Flag award, please visit the Keep Britain Tidy website. Sheerness beach is located only 200m from Sheerness High Street and is a European Union designated bathing beach. As such its waters are regularly tested for quality and motor boats are not allowed in the bathing area.

The beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards from late May at weekends and Bank Holidays, and then full-time from mid-July until early September. Volunteer lifeguards from Sheerness Swimming Club and Lifeguard Club are present on a Sunday during the summer holidays, based in the seafront facing hut at the top of Beach Street.

There are many attractive amenities close at hand including the modern Sheppey Leisure Complex and Swimming Pool. There is also a children's free paddling area and a large sand pit containing the "galleon" play area.

Ample parking is available right against the sea wall and access for the disabled on to the promenade is made easier with wide ramps. Dog owners are reminded that dogs are strictly controlled on the promenade and no dogs are allowed on the bathing beach between 1 May and 30 September.

For further information please email us.

Marine Parade beach

Still within Sheerness, this beach is primarily for sailing. All craft must use the waters beyond the yellow marker buoys and not travel above 8 knots on the landward side of them. For further information visit the Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club online or call 01795 663052 (weekends only).

The Shingle bank

Sheppey's windsurfing and watersports beach and the open uncluttered nature of the beach is ideal for the sport. It also contains a launching area which is popular with fishermen and dinghy sailors. Parking is available on the shingle bank itself.

Situated opposite the shingle bank is Minster Windsurfing Academy which provides lessons and equipment hire.

Minster Leas

The Leas is the most accessible length of tranquil beach on Sheppey and has regular awards for its cleanliness including the Keep Britain Tidy Seaside Award. It is a good recreation beach with a bathing area between the Shingle Bank and the Little Oyster. An increasingly popular fishing and walking area with good views of the Thames Estuary.

The beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards from late May at weekends and Bank Holidays, and then full-time from mid-July until early September.

Public toilet facilities are available adjacent to the White House Restaurant and parking is available at the Little Oyster car park, Seathorpe Avenue car park and on the along The Leas on the road.

Beach huts were introduced at The Leas in 2013 as part of a two year pilot project, run by SBC and Minster Beach Huts Association. For further information about the beach huts, email or call the Customer Service Centre on 01795 417850.

The Conservation Coast

This stretches for approximately three miles from the Leas to Warden Bay. It is the only area on Sheppey where cliffs rise steeply from the beach. Due to the soft character of the rock within these cliffs (much of it is clay) it can be a dangerous area with landslides occurring, so take care.

As a conservation area the coast is of great interest to naturalists and geologists. Many shells can be found on the beach and the rocks contain some interesting Eocene and Pleistocene period fossils. Only the keenest & experienced of walkers should attempt to follow this coast from end to end. It is not recommended that children attempt to access the cliffs.

Little Groves beach

Access to Little Groves Beach is via the Little Groves Leisure Park. It is a mainly sandy beach safe for bathing with a separate channel marked out for boat launching and water-skiing. Ample parking available. For further details of fees email or call 01795 510316.

Leysdown-on-Sea bathing beach

Leysdown beach is another European Union designated bathing beach with many of the amenities associated with a popular British Seaside Resort. It is also a regular recipient of the prestigious Seaside Award, run by the Keep Britain Tidy Group. The beach itself is one of the few sandy beaches on Sheppey and the most intensely popular. 

The beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards from late May at weekends and Bank Holidays, and then full-time from mid-July until early September.

The Naturist beach

Following the road through Leysdown Coastal Park towards the Swale National Nature Reserve, the Naturist Beach is reached 200m before the Shellness Hamlet; a small residential area on the tip of Sheppey. It is an official naturist area in a secluded position with convenient free parking opposite the beach. 

RNLI Lifeguards

The RNLI provide the lifeguard service on Sheppey’s beaches on behalf of Swale Borough Council. The RNLI has been operating a lifeguard service in the UK since 2001 and it's now an integral part of the commitment to saving lives at sea. The expansion of the service continues, and they are patrolling over 200 beaches around the coast of England, Wales, Jersey and Northern Ireland.

The RNLI Lifeguard service on Sheppey utilises rescue boards, rescue tubes, and distinctive static lifeguard units to provide surveillance of the beach areas.

They operate a fleet of lifeboats at well established stations within this area. As part of the lifeguard service establishment the lifeguard team will be fully integrated alongside the existing lifeboat service to provide a seamless service from beach to open sea - another exciting opportunity for lifesavers on The Isle of Sheppey.

While enjoying the beaches PLEASE DO:

If you see someone in difficulty, never attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard or, if you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 & ask for the Coastguard.

To find out more about Sheppey’s beaches and seafronts email

You can view the Recommended beach list form the Marine Conservation Society - Good Beach Guide.

Dogs on the beaches

All of our beaches are dog friendly, apart from the three prohibited areas listed below. We do expect that dog owners comply with the restrictions and are responsible. When you take your dog/s on the beach they must be supervised and under control at all times and any fouling must be cleared immediately (up to a £1000 fine).

Current locations where dogs are prohibited between 1 May and 30 September each year:

Please note that the beaches are governed by wind, tide and adverse weather conditions therefore these criteria may change.

Private beaches

There are also two private beaches which we are not responsible for: Loves Beach and Central Beach, which run from Warden Bay to Leysdown.

Water and beach quality

Information on bathing water quality is displayed at Sheerness sea front and is updated regularly through the peak and off peak seasons.

Regular water sampling has proved the excellent quality of the North Coast waters while improvements to facilities on and around the beach have ensured that these high standards are constantly maintained

Beaches and Sheerness and Leysdown promenade are cleaned daily, bins are emptied twice per day.


Information on tidal berths, buoys, visitor berths, facilities and fees.

Beach huts

Beach huts can now be found on Sheppey, thanks to the Minster Beach Hut Association.
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