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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A shingle beach backed by sea defences and wooden Groynes. The area is an area of Scientific Interest and forms part of the Solway Coast AONB, making this spot a brilliant one for walking and birding.


A magnet for walkers and birders.

Wildlife and Walks

The beach is on the Cumbria Coastal Path. Grune Point is within walking distance. A popular walk, albeit a challenging one at 60 miles (you don’t have to do all of it!), is the The Allerdale Ramble - visit Cumbria have more information on the site.

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.


There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
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

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Facilities at Skinburness

Campsite Campsite



Parking spaces avialable off Skinburness Road.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information