No matter whether you enjoy a swim, paddle or stroll along one of the region’s beautiful beaches, you can rest assured that the North West has some of the cleanest bathing waters in the UK.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published statistics that reveal that 97% of the North West’s bathing waters meet the government’s required standards for water quality.
The 2018 classifications of bathing waters across the North West (26 coastal, 4 in-land) are;
10 are Excellent – the highest, cleanest class and the required standard to quality for Blue Flag status; 16 are Good – generally good water quality; 3 are Sufficient – the water meets minimum standard and 1 is Poor.
You can check the water quality for your nearest beach by using our map feature.
One of the highlights from this year’s results is on Walney Island, where two bathing water sites have improved on their classification. Both Sandy Gap and West Shore have achieved Good status, an excellent boost for Cumbria’s coastline.
All bathing waters on the Sefton and Wirral coast are rated either Good or Excellent, and so are the only fresh water sites in the region. All four bathing locations on Lake Windermere are, once again, rated Excellent.
A range of stakeholders have contributed to reducing pollution and improving the regions rivers, lakes and the sea, including the Environment Agency, United Utilities and the local authorities.
Additionally, hundreds of residents from across the North West have engaged with LOVEmyBEACH; acting on advice related to what not to flush and picking up after their dogs at the beach. Even though lots of good work has already been done, there’s still more to do. Why not see how you can help our coastline from the comfort of your own home by making simple, easy changes or come along and enjoy the scenery by taking part in a beach clean.