Seaton Sluice


Seaton Sluice
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

24 May 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency

North of the harbour, this long strip of sand is backed by dunes and stretches north to Blyth. Historically one of the oldest ports on the coast with a recorded history of exporting salt and locally made glass. There is a wind farm nearby.


Popular activities here are bathing, coastal walks and surfing. There are lots of activities for children during the summer.

Wildlife and Walks

Follow the footpath or walk north along the beach towards Blyth. There is a clifftop path to Whitley Bay from Seaton Sluice - nesting birds can be spotted on the cliff faces and dolphins, porpoises and grey seals have also been seen here.

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

24 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 Seaton Sluice

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



There is a car park by the beach, off the A193.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information