There are hundreds of miles of the North-west coast to be enjoyed however only certain areas of the coast, as well as some inland locations, are suitable for water use such as swimming, paddling or water sports. These are classified as ‘bathing waters’.
Between May and September each year the Environment Agency collects 20 water samples at each of the thirty one locations in the North-west and analyses the cleanliness of the water where many people swim and paddle. Using these samples and up to four years of previous data they can calculate one of the following annual classifications: Excellent, Good, Sufficient or Poor.
Search the map to find out more about the individual bathing water results and more information about the facilities.