Dirtiest beaches in the UK named including popular tourist spots in Blackpool, Somerset and more - full list

Beach at Blackpool

The dirtiest beaches were ranked based on the water quality

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 01/09/2023

- 06:00

The dirtiest beaches were ranked based on the water quality

Taking a trip to the beach is a great way to spend the weekend and appreciate what the UK has to offer.

Some UK beaches are cleaner than others, however, and new research revealed which had the worst higeine rating.

The dirtiest spots had been named, according to rubbish removal company Clear It Waste.

On the top spot were popular tourist destinations including Blackpool and Somerset.

Heacham beach Norfolk

Heacham beach in Norfolk made the list


More than 400 beaches were tested to create the top 10 list.

They were each given an overall water cleanliness score and count of E.coli.

Wharfe at Cromwheel in Ikley was voted as the dirtiest beach, having the highest count of E.coli and a low water cleanliness score.

Three of the five dirtiest beaches were located in Blackpool.

Blackpool is a popular tourist destination and is known for its amusement park, the Blackpool Illuminations and its beaches.

However, those heading there should be mindful if visiting Blackpool North, Blackpool Central and Blackpool South beaches.

They were all given low scores on the cleanliness of the water.

Beaches in North Somerset, Fylde and West Norfolk made up the rest of the list.

Beach in Blackpool

Three beaches in Blackpool made the list


10 dirtiest beaches in the UK

Wharfe at Cromwheel, Ilkley

Blackpool North, Blackpool

Weston Main, North Somerset

Blackpool Central, Blackpool

Blackpool South, Blackpool

Dunster Beach, Somerset West and Taunton

St Anne’s North, Fylde

St Anne’s, Fylde

Weston-super-Mare Sand Bay, North Somerset

Heacham, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

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