Seaham Beach


Ryhope East Beach
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

25 May 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency

To the north of Seaham town, this is a long picturesque sandy beach stretching north from Seaham town and harbour.


Chourdon Point, a fantastic view point, is south of the beach (there is parking here also) and there are lots of restaurants, cafes and shops lining the seafront towards Seaham. To the north is excellent rockpooling.

Wildlife and Walks

There is a path stretching north along the coast. Durham Wildlife Trust’s Hawthorn Dene Reserve is south of the beach - this part of the Durham coastline is predominantly magnesian limestone and is excellent for butterflies.

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

No water quality warning issued

25 May 2018

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

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 Seaham Beach

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



There is a car park off the B1287.

Dog restrictions


Beach cleaning

No current information