The Beach Guide

Dovercourt Bay

Dovercourt Bay - Essex

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Dovercourt Bay is a tranquil seaside resort, with sand and shingle beaches, near the historic town of Harwich. Plenty of facilities on the promenade, including a skate park and a boating lake. Within easy reach of Hemford Water National Nature Reserve, known for its resident seals.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned from certain parts of the beach from 1 May to 30 September inclusive. (From Mill Lane subway to end of promenade at Spa Cabins and from slipway south west of Swimming Pool, to upper Lighthouse, south west of Beach Road.)

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  • Disabled facilities

Nearest town



CO12 3SS

OS grid ref.

TM 2515 3061

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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