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.
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