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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A shingle and sand beach with clay cliffs overlooking the River Dee. There are notices advising against swimming at this beach and the slipway is used as an access point for cockle fishermen.


Dee Sailing Club and fishing and pleasure boat moorings. For art courses on the beach visit Shore Cottage Studio Dee Tour Boat Trips

Wildlife and Walks

Visit for information about events and activities. Free maps and guides for beach walks/access are available from the Visitor Centre. A Geology Park and Seashore Guide are available free resources. Please contact

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

For more information visit

Facilities at Thurstaston

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Free parking is available in the main Thurstaston Visitor Centre Car Parks

Limited alternative parking adjacent to the Dee Sailing Club Slipway is suitable for disabled visitors

Dog restrictions


There are no restrictions. Dogs do not have to be on a lead on the beach.

Beach cleaning

The beach has been adopted by the Heswall Soroptomists who undertake regular beach cleans with the Rangers