Fancy a dip?

There are 31 stretches of the North West coast that are designated 'bathing waters' – just see our interactive bathing waters map for more details.

Monitored by the Environment Agency during the bathing season, which runs from May to September, these sites have to meet European guidelines on water quality, which were put in place to protect the health of any of us keen to swim, surf or just splash and play there.

The original bathing water directive was replaced by stricter standards in 2015. There are now four designations for water quality – Excellent, Good, Satisfactory or Poor. Beaches with 'Poor' water quality have to display a sign advising the public not to bathe there.

We're working closely with organisations including the Environment Agency, local authorities, landowners and beach operators to make sure the North West’s waters meet those new standards.

Important notice

Hosepipe ban set to come in from August

Lack of rain and increased demand for water means that our reservoirs are now lower than we’d like for this time of year. That’s why a hosepipe ban will be introduced across the North West on 5th August.

Hosepipe ban set to come in from 5th August

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