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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 itself 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. When in the water beware, there can be strong tides.
Here we have 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 for 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.
Facilities include parking, toilets, lifeguard, restaurant, cafe and shop.
Dog restrictions from April to September on part of the beach.
Lepe Beach Weather Forecast
Light rain today through Friday, with temperatures rising to 23°C on Friday.Light rain in the morning.Today's Forecast
13->1857% 41% 10 mph
5:03 am 9:04 pmDrizzle starting in the afternoon.Sunday, May 28th
10->2237% 57% 5 mph
5:02 am 9:06 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Monday, May 29th
13->1946% 72% 8 mph
5:01 am 9:07 pmPartly cloudy until evening.Tuesday, May 30th
12->207% 42% 12 mph
5:00 am 9:08 pmPartly cloudy until afternoon.Wednesday, May 31st
8->210% 27% 5 mph
4:59 am 9:09 pmPartly cloudy throughout the day.Thursday, Jun 1st
7->230% 28% 5 mph
4:58 am 9:10 pmLight rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.Friday, Jun 2nd
9->2360% 58% 3 mph
4:58 am 9:11 pmMostly cloudy until evening.Saturday, Jun 3rd
7->2014% 47% 6 mph
4:57 am 9:12 pm
Lepe Beach Tide Times
Lepe Beach Water quality
Samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
- 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.
Photos from around the surrounding area