Ballyholme

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Ballyholme
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Poor
Advice against bathing   Advice against bathing

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Situated within the town of Bangor, a mile-long sandy bay with some interesting rock pools at either end. At the end of the beach is a National Trust Nature Reserve with a walk that leads to the beautiful seaside village of Groomsport.

Activities

The beach and area is used for sailing, fishing and boat trips.

Wildlife and Walks

There are footpaths leading east around Ballymacormick Point to nearby Groomsport Bay and Cockle Island.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 1st June to 15th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Poor
Advice against bathing   Advice against bathing

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.


More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.

Weather

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Tide times

Facilities at Ballyholme

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins

Parking

 

Parking available next to the beach.

Dog restrictions

 

No current information

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None.