West Kirby


West Kirby
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

The sandy beach has excellent views across the mouth of the Dee Estuary to Wales, and also to the Hilbre Islands which can be reached (pedestrians only) at low tide.


Windsurfing and kite surfing (restrictions in place) are popular at this busy beach. The adjacent Sailing School offers a range of watersport opportunities, including on the 52 acre marine lake. Boat trips are also on offer here.

Wildlife and Walks

Red Rocks Marsh Nature Reserve is nearby. This spot is popular during late summer for watching terns. For further information contact Wirral Council Coastal Rangers on 0151 648 4371.

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.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
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 West Kirby

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



Approx 200 free parking spaces along the promenade, including disabled parking. Pay parking at the end of Dee Lane.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed but please pick up dog mess.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly during the summer.


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