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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

This is part of a long sweeping pebble beach interspersed with wooden and rock groynes. Backed by low cliffs at its western end, it adjoins a nature reserve to the east - Lymington–Keyhaven Nature Reserve.


Swimming is popular here. English Heritage’s Hurst Castle, built by Henry VIII, is not far away.

Wildlife and Walks

The Solent Way passes through Milford. From brown hares to Black-tailed Godwit, Hampshire County Council’s Lymington–Keyhaven Nature Reserve is well worth a visit. This lovely leaflet gives more details of habitats and species:

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

Facilities at Milford-on-sea

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Large car parks behind the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed but check signs for restrictions.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.