Going out for a leisurely walk on the beach can be a dangerous activity if you don’t know the tides.
Tide times and heights vary throughout the month and can easily catch you out if you haven’t checked them. Every year people are caught out by rapidly rising water and end up being trapped in isolated bays.
To avoid getting cut off by the tide do not take risks:
Always check the Tide Times before heading out, make it a habit.
Go exploring when the tide is going out.
Never go alone and tell someone where you are going
Make sure you have time to get back and know when the tide is going to be coming in.
Make sure you know where all the exit points are for the beach you are visiting.
While on the beach keep an eye on which direction the tide is heading. Walking further up the beach may not be an option, the water can come in along channels and block your way. If the cove you are in doesn’t have access of its own you could be in trouble.
Don’t try to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top.
Take your phone with you so you can call for help if there is a signal.
If you get caught out by a rising tide, don't panic, find a safe location and dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
Let the operator know where you are if you can, or download the What3Words App so you can give an exact location.