​Wells RNLI

Water Safety

We want to ensure your visit to the coast is memorable for all the right reasons, which is why we work closely with Wells RNLI to keep you safe in and around the water. A review of previous and recent rescues made by Wells RNLI lifeboat crews clearly shows that being cut off from the tide is a real threat to beachgoers, including horse riders and something all visitors should be aware of.

Taking simple actions before and during your visit means you (and your horse) can enjoy this area of outstanding natural beauty safely.

  • Before you go onto the beach.
  • Ensure you have a means of calling for help on your person (a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch is ideal). In the event of an emergency call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
  • Check the tide times and know when the high tide is for Wells Bar.
  • Plan to be back to the main part of the beach, with no creeks or channels between you and the land, at least four hours before high tide. The main areas of risk of tidal cut off are indicated by red circles on the graphic.
  • Unfortunately, horseriding accidents and injuries can and do happen on the beach. Having the number of a local vet to hand means you have the best chance of having your horse quickly attended to and removed from the beach before the tide comes in and makes the situation untenable.

Please click here to download a PDF of the graphic above.