Cowes

Isle of Wight

Cowes
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A two mile esplanade shingle beach. It is set in the harbour making it ideal for family swimming and viewing the Solent. Cowes is famous for its natural water activities and is a historic Victorian town.

Activities

A very popular spot for sailing. The sailing regatta, ‘Cowes Week’, takes place in the last week of July here.

Wildlife and Walks

There are cycle routes and walks around Cowes. Sea birds may be seen from the beach. Along the coast is the The National Trust’s Newtown National Nature Reserve which is well worth visiting. Look out for 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

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

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
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 Cowes

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins

Parking

 

Apply parking is available.

Dog restrictions

 

Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned regularly.

Lifeguards

None.