Lepe Beach

A stony beach that forms part of Lepe Country Park, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Views across to the Isle of Wight and excellent coastal walks featuring pine-fringed cliffs, D-day remains and wild flower meadows.

The main swimming area is a short walk east of the car park.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not permitted on main part of the beach between April and September. This area is marked by the flagpole on the Western end of the beach, and the telephone cable pole with the big yellow sign on the Eastern end

Hampshire dog friendly beaches »


  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • First aid point

Nearest town



SO45 1AD

OS grid ref.

SZ 4560 9849


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

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Lepe Beach Reviews

Dog poo everywhere

Local resident
Dec 31st 2021

Dogs off the leash everywhere. Dog poo everywhere. The sandy patch in front of the car park is the family beach in the summer, with dogs prohibited. After September the dogs again are again allowed. It is 12 degree nowadays in December and the children are playing in the sand with poo everywhere. Same situation on the upper parking lot. Dog poo is everywhere on the lawn. This beach is now used by routine by professional dog walkers because nowhere else they can stay in the car while their dogs are running around unsupervised. Serious conflicts with other beach users are pre-programmed and happen often. But the Lepe team doesn’t care and is just after the parking fees. Dogs rules have been loosened year after year.

First visit

Sep 25th 2021

Really enjoyed our visit today, lovely location, beach beautiful and natural. Parking easy. Great for unsteady walkers, for families and dogs.
Very relaxing. Thank you

Over priced

May 31st 2021

Expensive. Very little too do. Stoney beach, dominated by parked cars. Really the only thing there is a cafe and then you have to pay up to 9 pounds to park. Better off hill head , lee on silent. Free to park and same type of beach. Oh and when they built the new cafe they took away huge part of car park for no reason, removed about 40 spaces which now house 2 picnic tables
, so expect to queue to get in on a sunny day.

Fantastic location

Oct 15th 2020

Love this country park when visiting family, so much to do from walks, play park, sensory garden and of course the beach and always have a great time. Kids never want to go home!

Expensive parking

Oct 13th 2020

I was appalled to find there is a parking charge even if you drive in to see if you want to stay. If you don’t know it, that’s ridiculous. You’ll finish up with people parking up the approach roads….
And the machine wasn’t working properly either so there was a long queue!
And I was a passenger so didn’t know the car reg offhand which also added to the stress.
Expensive for limited facilities.

Sep 24th 2020

Parking is so expensive for the time you get but it’s a gorgeous place to be at sunset

Parking too expensive

Aug 23rd 2020

It’s the price of the parking that puts one off.  We paid £9 for about 4 hours and it’s not like there are great amenities. If you enjoy water sports such as kayaking or wind surfing you won’t mind so much. There is a beach restaurant, I don’t know how dear it is as we were barbecuing. The mens toilet was filthy and the ladies had the usual long queue.  When oh when will architects and builders get the hint that ladies require more and bigger toilets in public places?

This time we didn’t get to the WW2 bits as it was a bit blowy out there, but have enjoyed that before and the views across the water are pretty.  The barbecue and the area designated for that are good as a meeting space for families and friends from all over the area to get together. This is the third time we’ve enjoyed this facility, including the patch of grass for a kick about and we are able to bring the dogs alone.

I’m sure some people don’t mind paying that parking fee, but when you’ve put down £40 for the barbecue spot you don’t expect to also pay for parking, let alone that much!

Aug 20th 2020

No bins at all at the beach, and very little sand. very stoned underfoot and quite painful. unclear signs on entrance and exit of the cafe but very nice coffee and hot chocolate

May 25th 2020

Not a particularly friendly beach. It’s ok if you want a short walk or to get out somewhere local. It’s got too touristy and has lost its rugged touch

Phils birthday

Feb 02nd 2020

My old mates fave place ;(

What did we get wrong?