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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 Lepe Country Park, this is a sand and shingle beach on the shore of the Solent. It is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and looks across to the Isle of Wight.


Swimming, windsurfing, sea canoeing and fishing are all popular here. Hampshire County Council has more information on the gorgeous Country Park and its wildlife.

Wildlife and Walks

There is a 5 mile circular walk - Lepe Loop circular walk - with views over the solent. There is lots of wildlife to see within the Country Park - a coastal habitat with reedbeds. The reserve has some gorgeous birds, from Cuckoo, Kingfisher and Lapwing to Marsh Tit, Avocet, Osprey and Whimbrel.

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

Strong currents Strong currents
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

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Lepe

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



There is a large car park off Lepe Road, by the beach - a charge applies year round.

Dog restrictions


Dogs welcome but check signs for restrictions. From April to September, part of the beach is dog free.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily.