These are Britain’s cleanest (and dirtiest) beaches

A heatwave of sorts is on the horizon in the UK this weekend and if like us, you’re thinking about heading to the beach then you might be interested to know which are Britain’s cleanest and dirtiest beaches so that you can decide which are worth the drive because, let’s be honest, not all beaches are created equally.

To help us out, saveonenergy.com identified Britain’s beaches with the cleanest water by investigating the levels of E.Coli and IE in the ocean. Analysing the data from 546 beaches around England, Scotland and Wales, SaveOnEnergy gave them a ranking from 0 to 100 (the cleanest) and we’ve got the results below.

Gyllyngvase Beach
Gyllyngvase Beach / Getty Images

Taking the (joint) top spot is Sharron Beach and Gyllyngvase in Cornwall. The two beaches proved to be the cleanest out of those analysed and each scored 50 out of 50 points for having the lowest levels of E.Coli and IE.

Booby's Bay
Booby’s Bay / Getty Images

In second, and the cleanest beach in all of Wales is Silver Bay Rhoscolyn in the Isle of Anglesey. Keep scrolling for the rest of the list…

Britain’s cleanest beaches:

  1. Sharron and Gyllvngvase in Cornwall
  2. Silver Bay Rhoscolyn in Cornwall
  3. Gwynver in Isle of Anglesey and Fistral South in Cornwall
  4. Booby’s Bay in Cornwall
  5. Poole Shore Road Beach in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Fife

On the other end of the spectrum, SaveOnEnergy also identified the dirtiest beaches in Britain and it is not good news for Harbour Beach in Fife which scored just 0.1 out of 100. Maybe one to avoid during this weekend’s heatwave?

Britain’s dirtiest beaches:

  1. Harbour Beach in Fife, Scotland
  2. Heads of Ayr in Strathclyde, Scotland
  3. Ayr (South Beach) in Strathclyde, Scotland
  4. Fisheroow Sands in East Lothian, Scotland
  5. Rhyl in Denbighshire, Wales

Well, now you know which of Britain’s beaches are the cleanest and best for a paddle and which are the dirtiest and best left well alone.

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