St Bees and Silecroft rated excellent for swimming


Copeland’s coastline has been recognized for its safe and clean bathing waters.

Both St Bees and Silecroft received an excellent water quality rating, which is the highest possible, and the waters of Seascale and Haverigg were both rated as good.

The bathing water classifications are based on monitoring data collected by the Environment Agency in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Councilor Andy Pratt, Environmental Health Portfolio Holder, said: “We are delighted with the rankings given to our beautiful coastlines. It is great news for our tourism industry that beaches can be enjoyed with confidence.

The annual rating is based on a four-year average, and the four possible ratings are excellent, good, sufficient, and poor.

Bathing waters in England have been monitored by the Environment Agency since the 1990s. Since then, the overall percentage of bathing waters meeting the highest standards has risen from 28% to 70.7%.

Municipalities must post information indicating the quality of the water during the bathing season, which runs from May 15 to September 30.

For more information on designated bathing waters and how they are tested, go to


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