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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Part of the Durham Heritage Coast, this long beach is slowly recovering from its mining heritage - the colliery waste, which was disposed of on beaches, is gradually being washed away. Food and facilities are available in Peterlee.


Coastal walks, fishing and bird watching are popular here. The Crested Tern Sculpture is to the south of the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

Blackhall Rocks LNR is south of the beach, and Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve is also south and is wonderful for walking with its limestone cliffs, gorges, woodland and valleys in The Dene. The ground is predominantly magnesian limestone and is excellent for butterflies.

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 Horden



There is a car park just behind the beach, off the B1283.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information