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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A long beach of mixed sand and shingle, located between Flamborough Headland and Spurn Point. Favoured by walkers, water-sports enthusiasts and by families. The nearby town of Hornsea has a wide selection of amenities and facilities.


Swimming, sailing, fishing and bird watching are popular here. The town, known for its pottery production, is a conservation area with interesting 15th century historic houses. The spectacular Burton Constable Hall is a little inland from the coast.

Wildlife and Walks

Part of the Transpennine Trail, Hornsea is near Hornsea Mere - the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire and home to the Hornsea Sailing Club. Hall Garth Park is an excellent open space for a stroll. Tophill Low Nature Reserve is inland and has a huge array of wildfowl and waders and a bird hide.

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 Good

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.

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


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Hornsea

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There is lots of parking near the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are banned between 1st May to 30th September.

Beach cleaning

No current information



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 1st July - 3rd September 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.