The Denes Beach (Southwold)

This sand and shingle beach, backed by low dunes and marshland, stretches from the north side of the mouth of the River Blyth up to Southwold.

The southern end of the beach has a lifeboat station and a lifeboat museum, behind which is a small caravan park. At the northern end of the beach are a number of beach huts and it is backed by a promenade.

The water quality at The Denes is good and there is lifeguard cover during the summer season.  This beach is popular with windsurfers, canoeists and bathers.

Southwold itself has plenty of cafes, restaurants and other facilities. A pay-for car park can be found on Ferry Road and there are public toilets at two locations along this road. 

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned from the main beach from Easter to Summer, (April 1 to September 30)

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  • Good fishing
  • Wind surfing


  • Promenade

Nearest town



IP18 6HQ

OS grid ref.

TM 5083 7546


There are two car parks available on the beach

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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