Cleethorpes is situated on the south edge of the Humber Estuary Mouth, in North Lincolnshire. It’s a traditional seaside resort with three miles of sandy beach and a promenade.
At mid/low tide, Cleethorpes is a good flat water venue.
Cleethorpes / Humberston will work on anything from NW to SE. NW around to NNW winds are gusty.
Cleethorpes will pretty much work on any tide state. At low tide expect a long walk to the water. The best tide state is mid tide, where large, flat water lagoons form in between the sand banks.
At high tide you'll find extremely messy waves, coming from multiple directions. Your best bet at this tide state is to head further North, up the beach, where you'll find cleaner sets, heading in one direction. As the tide retreats, a large flat water lagoon forms at the south end of the beach. Then at low tide, you'll find a long, shallow, flat water channel, leading out to sea.
Don’t ride in front of or to the North of The Leisure Centre.
Be sure to read the signage at the beach and follow the rules. Cleethorpes kitesurfers have had to fight hard to maintain rights to use the beach. Please don’t spoil it.
- Car park
- Pubs, Fish and Chips, Ice cream etc.
- Tourists, dog walkers, fishermen and other beach users. The beach can get crowded in the summer months
- Fishing nets
- The Humber is a busy shipping lane
- Wrecks and steel posts - Ask the locals to point them out
- Wildlife. The area has a thriving grey seal colony
- The tide can come in really fast and catch you out
- There’s a very strong rip. If you lose your kite use your board to guide you back to the shore, don’t try and fight it as you’ll become exhausted. If you lose your board go to the shore and run a long way past your board before heading out to retrieve it
- Further south is Donna Nook, a Ministry of Defence bombing target range. Never stray into that area when the red flags are flying!
Getting There & Parking
Head to Thorpe Park. When you reach the park, head into it, veering slightly left. Follow the road all the way down to a small carpark, where you can park for free. At the NE corner of the carpark is a short path to the beach.
Weather Forecast & Live Readings
I'm hoping at some point to get a decent feed into the site for weather, but until then here's a link to 7 day wind forecast for Cleethorpes.
And if you're wondering if it's on right now, there's the Met Office reading taken hourly: Latest hour by hour wind readings, Donna Nook.