Compton Bay

Isle of Wight

Compton Bay
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A two mile stretch of sand and rocky shore and is one of the most unspoilt beaches on the Isle of Wight. The south west coast of the island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Heritage Coast and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Activities

Popular with surfers and good for swimming and a spot of sea canoeing, and there is excellent rockpooling. A lovely beach for families.

Wildlife and Walks

There are a range of lovely coastal walks - The Tennyson Trail is popular. The National Trust’s Compton Bay and Downs reserve is wonderful for flowers and buttterflies. Managed by galloway cattle, the downland has remained treeless since the last ice age - for more see the NT website.

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

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Compton Bay

Campsite Campsite Toilets Toilets

Parking

 

Large National trust car park at Hanover Point/Shippard’s Chine.

Dog restrictions

 

Dogs not allowed between 1st May and 30th September.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.

Lifeguards

None.