The beach viewed from the river in June © 2018 Nick Skeens

Burnham Beach is on West Quay beyond the houseboats there.

It is only suitable for swimming around high tide.

Burnham Town Council does not own the beach, but is working with Maldon District Council in an effort to get more sand put there so it can be used for longer before and after high water.

The beach is slightly marred by a metal ladder and concrete surround at its eastern end, near the mole, that serves the sluice draining the stream that runs through Riverside Park.

To find out more about swimming safely in the Crouch, click here.

The beach viewed from the steps down from West Quay in August. © 2018 Nick Skeens