Colwell Bay

Isle of Wight

Colwell Bay
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

This sand and shingle beach is small and popular but relatively quiet. Situated on the west coast of the island, it offers panoramic views of the Solent.

Activities

Popular activities here include: swimming, windsurfing, canoeing, jet skiing and stand up paddle boarding.

Wildlife and Walks

There is a walk between Colwell Bay and Totland Bay along the sea wall revetment. A network of cycle tracks and bridleways for off-road cycling exists. Newton National Nature Reserve is worth visiting. See rare red squirrels, migrating birds and butterflies.

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.

Weather

This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Facilities at Colwell Bay

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway

Parking

 

Road parking with payment and disabled spaces available.

Dog restrictions

 

To the right of the slipway the beach is dog friendly.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.

Lifeguards

None.