North Yorkshire

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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Set within the harbour and sheltered behind one of the largest fishing ports on the north east coast, this is a small beach which is popular with families. This is a protected area - a Marine Conservation Zone - due to its important & productive seabed habitat - the MCZ stretches south to Sandsend.


Fishing and sailing are popular. There are places to enjoy a bite to eat and there is a gallery and the Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre in the town.

Wildlife and Walks

Walk part of the Cleveland way or follow the historic tour of the village, information is available at the Heritage Centre. Staithes is encompassed by the North York Moors National Park, within which is Roseberry Topping woodland - a lovely spot for walking.

What's tested here?

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

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 Staithes

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



Parking available off the High Street.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information