Cowes Beach

Cowes beach or West beach is a sand and shingle beach. A good point for relaxing and watching sailing and other watersports in the Solent.

This beach is steep shelved and is only recommended for strong swimmers. The adjoining beach at Gurnard has a gentler shelf and is generally less crowded, making it perfect for swimming, and the two beaches are connected via the promenade.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Cowes Beach has dog restrictions.
Dog restrictions in the summer season, check local signage.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 29 beaches in Isle of Wight, or check our list of Isle of Wight Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Place Category: Beaches

Cowes Beach Water Quality

Water 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.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 10℃ to 10.6℃ with wind speed 11.4 m/sec (SSW)
Thursday, Mar 23lightrainshowers_night
Expect a temp in the range 8.8℃ to 9.6℃ with wind speed 11.6 m/sec (SW)
Friday, Mar 24fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 8.6℃ to 9℃ with wind speed 10.5 m/sec (WSW)
Saturday, Mar 25cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 7.6℃ to 8.7℃ with wind speed 8.1 m/sec (WSW)
Sunday, Mar 26heavyrain
Expect a temp in the range 5.9℃ to 7.2℃ with wind speed 4.3 m/sec (S)
Monday, Mar 27clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range -0.4℃ to 1.5℃ with wind speed 3.2 m/sec (NNW)
Tuesday, Mar 28partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 0.8℃ to 3.9℃ with wind speed 0.9 m/sec (SSE)

Cowes weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Cowes Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Cowes Beach is at COWES 0.56 km (0.35 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height.

Wed 22 Mar
   High Tide at 00:59 (Height 4.41m)
   Low Tide at 04:48 (Height 0.53m)
   High Tide at 11:15 (Height 4.47m)
   High Tide at 13:19 (Height 4.26m)
   Low Tide at 17:07 (Height 0.36m)
   High Tide at 23:44 (Height 4.48m)
Thu 23 Mar
   High Tide at 01:46 (Height 4.47m)
   Low Tide at 05:27 (Height 0.49m)
   High Tide at 11:54 (Height 4.45m)
   High Tide at 14:04 (Height 4.30m)
   Low Tide at 17:44 (Height 0.40m)
Fri 24 Mar
   High Tide at 00:22 (Height 4.44m)
   High Tide at 02:25 (Height 4.46m)
   Low Tide at 06:03 (Height 0.55m)
   High Tide at 12:34 (Height 4.37m)
   High Tide at 14:42 (Height 4.27m)
   Low Tide at 18:20 (Height 0.55m)
Sat 25 Mar
   High Tide at 01:02 (Height 4.37m)
   High Tide at 03:00 (Height 4.38m)
   Low Tide at 06:39 (Height 0.69m)
   High Tide at 13:16 (Height 4.25m)
   High Tide at 15:14 (Height 4.17m)
   Low Tide at 18:56 (Height 0.78m)
Sun 26 Mar
   High Tide at 01:45 (Height 4.27m)
   High Tide at 03:25 (Height 4.24m)
   Low Tide at 07:16 (Height 0.91m)
   High Tide at 13:37 (Height 4.04m)
   High Tide at 16:12 (Height 3.97m)
   Low Tide at 19:34 (Height 1.09m)
Mon 27 Mar
   High Tide at 01:57 (Height 4.05m)
   High Tide at 04:22 (Height 4.00m)
   Low Tide at 07:56 (Height 1.20m)
   High Tide at 14:19 (Height 3.81m)
   High Tide at 16:44 (Height 3.79m)
   Low Tide at 20:15 (Height 1.48m)
Tue 28 Mar
   High Tide at 02:37 (Height 3.80m)
   High Tide at 04:57 (Height 3.77m)
   Low Tide at 08:39 (Height 1.56m)
   High Tide at 15:01 (Height 3.54m)
   High Tide at 17:26 (Height 3.58m)
   Low Tide at 21:04 (Height 1.90m)

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