The cleanest and safest beaches in Yorkshire and the UK mapped

Hornsea in East Yorkshire is a popular seaside spot
-Credit: (Image: Hull Daily Mail)


If you’re planning a trip to the seaside, you can use our interactive map to find your nearest Blue Flag beach.

A total of 74 sites have been given the prestigious Blue Flag awards this year - with three of Yorkshire’s own beaches making it to the list.

Blue Flag is an international award presented to well-managed beaches with excellent water quality. It shows visitors that they are at a clean and safe beach.

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Every year, Keep Britain Tidy announces the winners for England, and in 2024 they have given the prestigious award to 72 beaches, as well as two inland bathing spots.

The Royal Albert Dock and Salthouse Dock Marina in Liverpool has been awarded a Blue Flag this year, as has Rutland Water in the East Midlands. In Yorkshire, Whitby, Withernsea and Hornsea have all made it to the list.

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You can use our interactive map to find the nearest ones near you, or to see if the beach you’re planning to head to has won the award.

Half of this year’s winners are in the South West, with 37 Blue Flags going to the region’s beaches.

The East of England has the next most with 13. That’s followed by the South East with 11, the North East with five, the East Midlands with four, and Yorkshire with three.

The docks in Liverpool is the only place in the North West of England to pick up a Blue Flag. None of the region’s beaches were given the award.

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