Sunderland - Hendon South


Sunderland - Hendon South
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A strip of sand and shingle just to the south of the centre of Sunderland and the docks.


Bathing and coastal walks are popular. There is a promenade and space for a seaside stroll.

Wildlife and Walks

There is a promenade and space for a seaside stroll. Durham Wildlife Trust’s Hawthorn Dene Reserve is south of the beach - this part of the coastline is excellent for butterflies. Fulwell Quarry (north) and Tunstall Hills (west) LNR and special sites are nearby.

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.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

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 Sunderland - Hendon South



There is parking next to the beach.

Dog restrictions


No current information

Beach cleaning

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