North Yorkshire

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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A sandy and rocky beach backed by cliffs. Whitby was the home of Captain James Cook and has welcomed visitors to its sandy shore for hundreds of years. A charming town with some lovely cafes and galleries.


Swimming, surfing and sailing are popular here. Whitby town centre and the harbour are within walking distance of the beach, where there are arcades, shops and fish and chip shops.

Wildlife and Walks

Within North York Moors National Park this is a stunning area which is excellent for walking. Explore the coastline and visit nearby Whitby Abbey, managed by English Heritage. There are whale watching trips which leave from Whitby - visit the Whitby Guide for more information.

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
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
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 Whitby

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There is both free and charged parking near the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed on certain areas.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly during the summer.


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