The beaches it’s safe to swim at – and one you should avoid

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The beaches it’s safe to swim at – and one you should avoid

Despite a couple of rainy days ahead the hot weather is set to continue for some time which means many people will be heading to the beach.

The good news is that East Yorkshire’s beaches are safe to swim in but there is one area further north you might want to avoid.

The latest information from the Environment Agency shows Scarborough South Bay beach is not safe to swim in.

The water quality at this beach is classed as poor and ‘bathing is not advised’.

The Environment Agency says: “This bathing water is subject to short term pollution. Short term pollution is caused when heavy rainfall washes faecal material into the sea from livestock, sewage and urban drainage via rivers and streams.

Sun worshipers enjoying North Beach in Bridlington
Sun worshipers enjoying North Beach in Bridlington

“At this site the risk of encountering reduced water quality increases after rainfall and typically returns to normal after 1-3 days.

“17 warnings advising against swimming due to an increase risk of short term pollution were issued in 2017 for Scarborough South Bay bathing water.

“These warnings were issued because of the effects of heavy rain on the water quality.”

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But in East Yorkshire, there were no such problems for our beaches with all rated good while Danes Dyke and Tunstall both rated excellent.

Anyone wishing to head south to Lincolnshire can also enjoy clean bathing water at Cleethorpes while Mablethorpe and the beaches immediately south of the resort all have excellent ratings.

Become a fossil hunter at Mappleton beach.
Become a fossil hunter at Mappleton beach.

How do you know if a beach is safe to swim at?

The Environment Agency collects water quality data each year from May to September, to ensure that designated bathing water sites on the coast and inland are safe and clean for swimming and other activities.

Annual ratings classify each site as excellent, good, sufficient or poor based on measurements taken over a period of up to four years.

The Environment Agency map showing the cleanliness of Easy Yorkshire's beaches
The Environment Agency map showing the cleanliness of Easy Yorkshire’s beaches

Here are the Bathing Water Quality classifications from the Environment Agency for every beach in East Yorkshire:

Excellent

Danes Dyke

Tunstall

The view from Barmston towards Fraisthorpe beach
The view from Barmston towards Fraisthorpe beach

Good

Flamborough South Landing

Bridlington North Beach

Bridlington South Beach

Wilsthorpe

Fraisthorpe

Skipsea

Hornsea

Withernsea

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