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Lepe

Hampshire

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.

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Water Quality

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency from 15th May to 30th September.

View latest results and any daily forecasts here

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Facilities

Food availableToiletsLitter bins

Parking

There are a couple of Pay and Display car parks nearby.

Dog restrictions

Dogs not allowed on certain areas May 1st to September 30th

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily

Lifeguards

None

See safety tab

Activities

Swimming, windsurfing, sea canoeing and fishing.

Wildlife and Walks

There is lots of wildlife to see within the Country Park. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand, shingle,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency from 15th May to 30th September.

Find out more about designated bathing waters here.

What is water quality?

Bathing water quality refers to the amount of bacteria present in the sea, which can vary from beach to beach, and can change daily, even on the same beach. High levels of bacteria can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works and storm overflows or run-off from agricultural and urban areas.

Water quality is usually reduced for 24 to 72 hours after heavy rainfall.

Annual result

2014: projected excellent

At the end of this summer, beaches will be classified with new standards that use four years of sample data. The projected result above shows how the beach would have been rated last year if the new standards had been used, using data from 2011 to 2014. What does this mean?

The new standards don't need to be used until the end of this summer - in 2014 this beach was classified as:

2014: guideline

How the new and old standards compare

Latest info

Check for daily pollution forecasts and the latest sample results here

Safety, Weather & Tides

Displaying nearest weather point within 10 miles of Lepe

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong
currents
Tidal
cut-off
Deep
shelving
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

Beach Cleans

We need you!

Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Lepe

Beachwatch graphic - our success

Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

recycle icon Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it

Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Lepe

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rachel Grant
on 23 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Cristel Bennett
on 22 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Neil Johnson
on 17 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ken England
on 16 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by James Goode
on 11 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Penny Wigham
on 11 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ian White
on 7 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Amanda Adams
on 7 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Angela Eldridge
on 7 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rachael Lyons
on 6 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sandra Gordon
on 4 Aug 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ian White
on 30 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Julie Bythell
on 25 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kirsty Broxton
on 10 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ann James
on 9 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kirstie Lucas
on 6 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jo Thearle
on 4 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Andrea Richter
on 1 Jul 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jule De pina
on 23 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rosemary Skeffington
on 15 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jonathan Sawers
on 13 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sandy Wyld
on 12 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sandra Walter
on 10 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ellen Cahill
on 9 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Janet Sutton
on 9 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Patricia Leeson-smith
on 9 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jodie Copeland
on 7 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Baz Adams
on 6 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rob Bohan
on 4 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Simon Mcnamara
on 3 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Russ Hanson-coles
on 3 Jun 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Huw Bayley
on 28 May 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Michael Grayer
on 21 May 2015

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Paul Bevan
on 20 May 2015

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