England’s cleanest beaches of 2019 revealed

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New list revealed just in time for summer (iStock.com / OlenaMykhaylova)

The Blue Flag Award winners have just been revealed by Keep Britain Tidy.

Highlighting England’s cleanest beaches of 2019, Keep Britain Tidy has awarded a total of 71 beaches Blue Flag status – up from 65 last year.

Separated in regions, here are all of the winners.

East Midlands

  • Ingoldmells South
  • Central Beach, Mablethorpe
  • Central Beach, Skegness
  • Central Beach, Sutton on Sea
  • Cleethorpes Central

East of England

  • Cromer
  • Sea Palling
  • Sheringham
  • Mundesley
  • East Runton
  • West Runton
  • East Beach
  • Shoebury Common
  • Thorpe Bay
  • Three Shells
  • Dovercourt Bay
  • Brightlingsea

North East

  • Tynemouth Longsands
  • King Edwards Bay
  • Whitley Bay
  • Roker
  • Seaburn
  • Saltburn by the Sea

Yorkshire & Humber

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Whitby Beach (pictured) was the only beach in Yorkshire awarded Blue Flag status.

  • Whitby

South East

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Botany Bay (pictured) in Broadstairs, Kent was another award notable award winner.

  • Brighton Central
  • Hove Lawns
  • Tankerton
  • Marina St Leonards
  • Hayling Island Beachlands
  • Sheerness Beach
  • Minster Leas
  • Minnis Bay
  • West Bay
  • St Mildreds
  • Botany Bay
  • Margate Main Sands
  • Stone Bay
  • Westbrook Bay
  • West Wittering Beach

South West

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Exmouth Beach in Devon was one of 32 beaches in the South West of England awarded Blue Flag status.

  • Blackpool Sands
  • Poole, Sandbanks Peninsular
  • Poole, Shore Road
  • Poole, Canford Cliffs
  • Poole, Branksome Chine
  • Alum Chine
  • Bournemouth Manor Steps
  • Durley Chine
  • Fisherman’s Walk
  • Southbourne
  • Carbis Bay
  • Gyllyngvase
  • Porthmeor
  • Great Western
  • Porthtowan
  • Trevone Bay
  • Widemouth Bay
  • Sandy Bay
  • Exmouth
  • Challaborough Bay
  • Croyde Bay
  • Swanage Central
  • Dawlish Warren
  • Teignmouth Town
  • Breakwater Beach
  • Broadsands
  • Meadfoot Beach
  • Oddicombe Beach
  • Preston Sands
  • Torre Abbey Sands
  • Westward Ho!
  • Weymouth Central

What is a Blue Flag?

A Blue Flag Award is awarded to recognise that a beach is litter-free, has good facilities and has a high standard of water quality.

Blue Flag status is also only awarded to beaches where the managing local authority has agreed to run a minimum of five educational activities for the local community and visitors to make people aware of the importance of looking after the local environment.

Alison Ogden-Newton, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive said: “Thanks to the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards, visitors can be reassured their destination is cared for and they will be able to help maintain the high standards of these awards thanks to their environmental initiatives.”

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