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.Tweet
Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.
There are a couple of Pay and Display car parks nearby.
Dogs not allowed on certain areas May 1st to September 30th
Beach cleaned daily
Swimming, windsurfing, sea canoeing and fishing.
There is lots of wildlife to see within the Country Park. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach
Beach type: sand, shingle,
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Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, from 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.
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.
These new European standards are based on the latest health advice and are roughly twice as tough as the old ones. They use the latest four years of data, rather than a single year. Find out how they compare.
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 with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' 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.
Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins
Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it
Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!
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.
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".
Within 10 miles of Lepe beach
Jellyfish seen here by Annie Kentfield
on 14 Jul 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Graeme Perks
on 11 Jul 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Jo New
on 7 Jul 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Robert Gilby
on 25 Jun 2016
Jellyfish seen here by Michelle Hale
on 28 Mar 2016