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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

This rural sandy beach is set amongst low craggy clay cliffs, a tranquil setting popular with couples and families. There is a raised peat bed, once a large mere (marsh), with a settlement known as Sand-le-Mere which can be seen at low tide.


The beach is only accessible from Sand Le Mere caravan park. Family activities and fishing are popular.

Wildlife and Walks

Stroll along this beach for miles. Kilnsea Wetlands is south, towards Spurn Heritage Coast and NNR. At Kilnsea you might spot: golden and grey plovers, knot, dunlin, sanderling and bar-tailed godwit - managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife, they have more details on the site.

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 Excellent

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

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 Tunstall

Campsite Campsite Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Parking available in Sand le Mere caravan park for patrons only

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

The beach is cleaned as required.