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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

This sandy beach is backed by sand dunes and lies in front of a caravan and holiday park. Crimdon is surrounded by nature reserves and the Durham Coast path runs past the beach.


There is a horse riding centre and this is a good spot for birdwatchers. Hartlepool Golf Course is to the south of the beach. There is fish and chips towards the northern part of the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve is to the north of the beach and is wonderful for walking with its limestone cliffs, gorges, woodland and valleys in The Dene. Durham Coast NNR is to the south and is known for its flowers, butterflies and little terns (in the breeding season).

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th 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 Excellent

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

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Crimdon

Campsite Campsite



Parking in Hartlepool or there are some spaces behind the beach, near Crimdon Pony World. More parking is available off the A1086, off Coast Road.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information