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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Just south of the river Tweed estuary, the beach is mainly sand with shallow water at high tide. Spittal is within a Northumberland coast area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The photo shows Berwick Pier lighthouse, one and a half miles to the north.


Fishing, surfing, wind surfing and water skiing are all popular here.

Wildlife and Walks

Walk along this fantastic coastline. Seals are a common sight and wading birds can be seen.

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.


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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Spittal

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



There is a car park off Sandstell Road.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

Cleaned weekly.


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