Hightown Beach


Hightown Beach
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A mainly sandy beach backed by dunes and the small town of Hightown.


Sefton Coastal path runs past the beach, part of which is a cycle path. The area is popular with golfers and there is a sailing club nearby. The nearby estuaries are brilliant for wading birds and the area has some stunning butterflies and moths.

Wildlife and Walks

There is an extensive dune area home to varied flora and fauna, and part of the Sefton Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest. Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve is a little inland and Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve is to the north.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 Not tested

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.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Hightown Beach

Shops Shops



Parking is limited to on-street facilities - no formal parking is available

Dog restrictions


Please keep dogs under control, keep out of Natterjack Breeding Pools and away from ground-nesting birds in spring and s

Beach cleaning

Hand cleansing - occasional, plus voluntary support from the local community.