Isle of Wight

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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

Ventnor is a sandy bay sheltered by cliffs on which the Victorian town is built. The beach is maintained and observed by the local longshoreman for its visitors safety.


Popular activities here include: swimming, boating and fishing. Take a dip in the the famous Isle of Wight paddling pool. There are lots of places to eat or have a drink nearby. Swim from the centre of the beach where fisherman cleared the rocks years ago.

Wildlife and Walks

Explore the terraced town of Ventnor with its famous cascade gardens. There is a waterfall en route to the beach. The well known Spyglass Inn is to the west of the beach.

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

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

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Facilities at Ventnor

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Slipway Slipway



Parking available.

Dog restrictions


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

Beach cleaning

Beach is cleaned regularly.