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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Part of a shingle spit which lies within the open landscape of the South Hampshire coast, with panoramic views of the Solent, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. The spit has an extensive saltmarsh of important wildlife interest.


Swimming is popular here. Calshot Activities Centre is located nearby with water and outdoor activities. Calshot castle is closeby.

Wildlife and Walks

There is a walk from Calshot Spit to Ashlett Creek. Relatively nearby (although a fair walk), is Lepe Country Park - a nature reserve, run by Hampshire County Council.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Calshot

Food Food Toilets Toilets



Car parks adjacent to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are welcome but please check signs for restrictions.

Beach cleaning

Cleaned daily during the summer.