Hunstanton (Old Hunstanton)


Hunstanton (Old Hunstanton)
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

North of Hunstanton town, the area is known for its famous red and white striped cliffs and huge stones, which covered in green moss and are revealed at low tide. At low tide a huge sandy beach is exposed which is much more peaceful than its southern neighbours.


A geologists haven with these extraordinary large stones on the beach, seen at low tide, laid out in symmetrical lines as though deliberately placed there, although this marvel is completely natural. This is also an excellent spot for fossil hunting and rock pooling.

Wildlife and Walks

Explore the seaside resort to the south. To the north of the beach is Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve and south is the RSPBs Snettisham reserve. Further south is Dersingham Bog National Nature Reserve.

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

2018 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.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

Click here to visit the Met Office website to search for a nearby location

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

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

For more information visit

Facilities at Hunstanton (Old Hunstanton)

Food Food Toilets Toilets



parking is available next to the beach, off Sea Lane.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are welcome.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly.