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Place Category: Beaches
Lepe beach is found in the Lepe Country Park on the shores of the Solent and part of the hamlet of Lepe which is part of the New Forest of Hampshire.
The beach is popular for swimming, fishing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Windsurfers and kitesurfers have the lawn beside the cafe for rigging up, with a car park crossing point.
It has a mile of beach backed by pine-fringed cliffs, historic D-Day remains and wild flower meadows. From the cliffs above the beach you can see right across the western Solent.
The beach is sand and shingle with good facilities and great for fishing, surfing, swimming, canoeing and spotting wildlife. Those interested in fossils will find the interglacial deposit with elephant remains fascinating as well as the variety of rocks brought in for sea defences from ship wrecks like limestone, Purbeck Stone (one including a dinosaur footprint) and carboniferous limestone.
Beware, there can be strong tides.
Dog restrictions from April to September on part of the beach.
Tide Times & Heights for Southampton on 20th February 2017
04:20 - High Tide (3.47m)
07:40 - High Tide (3.39m)
11:00 - Low Tide (2.08m)
16:41 - High Tide (3.25m)
20:36 - High Tide (3.27m)
23:42 - Low Tide (2.18m)
Photos from around the surrounding area