Coastal walking

The coasts of the UK and Ireland are beautiful and wild – and there to be explored. Coastal walking is a very safe activity most of the time, but it’s important to be aware of the risks.
A walker on Aberavon Beach
A walker on Aberavon Beach

How to stay safe

  • Be wary of all edges around the sea and waterside. Slips and falls happen in all locations; it is not just high cliff edges that are a risk.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  • Take care when walking in dark and slippery conditions.
  • Always take a means of calling for help.
  • Always check the weather and tides. Getting cut off by the tide is a common cause of lifeboat launches. Look here for further info.


Figures taken from:

  • The National Water Safety Forum’s Water Incident Database (WAID UK) 2011-2015.
  • RNLI lifeboat return of service data UK and Ireland 2015.

Don’t be a statistic

201 uk coastal walking and running fatalities between 2011 and 2015

428 cut-off by the tide rescues in 2015

625 lifeboats launched to walkers and runners in the UK and Ireland in 2015