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Hightown Beach


A mainly sandy beach backed by dunes and the small town of Hightown.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Not tested

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Hightown Beach beach



Parking is limited to on-street facilities - no formal parking is available

Dog restrictions

Please keep dogs under control, keep out of Natterjack Breeding Pools and away from ground-nesting birds in spring and s

Beach cleaning

Hand cleansing - occasional, plus voluntary support from the local community.



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Sefton Coastal path runs past the beach, part of which is a cycle path. The area is popular with golfers and there is a sailing club nearby. The nearby estuaries are brilliant for wading birds and the area has some stunning butterflies and moths.

Wildlife and Walks

There is an extensive dune area home to varied flora and fauna, and part of the Sefton Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest. Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve is a little inland and Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve is to the north. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: estuary, sand, shingle,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling. You can use the beach map to find the closest beach that is tested for water quality.

Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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

2016 Not tested

What’s 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

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

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Beach Cleans

We need you!

Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Hightown Beach beach

Beachwatch event

Hightown - 7 May 2017
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Beachwatch event

Hightown - 4 Jun 2017
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Beachwatch event

Formby (Freshfields) - 12 Jun 2017
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Beachwatch event

Formby Freshfield (North Of Victoria Road) - 12 Jun 2017
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Beachwatch event

Hightown - 18 Jun 2017
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Beachwatch event

Hightown - 2 Jul 2017
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Beachwatch event

Hightown - 20 Aug 2017
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Beachwatch event

Hightown - 17 Sep 2017
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Beachwatch event

Hightown - 1 Oct 2017
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Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

recycle icon Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it

Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Fancy a fish dish?

Find an eatery with a Fish2fork sustainable seafood rating within 10 miles of Hightown Beach beach


We rate restaurants according to the impact the seafood they serve has on fish stocks and the health of our oceans.

Along with MCS we want all seafood served in the UK to be sustainable.

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Sustainable Blue fish - serving sustainable seafood
Sustainable Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is an MCS Fish to Avoid

La Tasca - New Brighton, WirralSustainable

La Tasca - LiverpoolSustainable

San Carlo - Liverpoolunsustainable

YO! Sushi - LiverpoolSustainable

Jamies Italian - LiverpoolSustainable

Sapporo Teppanyaki - Liverpoolunsustainable

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Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Hightown Beach beach

No sightings have been reported in the area. Please report your sightings if you see a jellyfish, marine turtle or basking shark.

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