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.

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

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 3 beaches at Cowes, 29 beaches in Isle of Wight, or check our list of Isle of Wight Dog Friendly Beaches.

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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 7℃ to 10.2℃ with wind speed 2.5 m/sec (NNW)
Friday, Sep 30
Expect a temp in the range 6.3℃ to 7.3℃ with wind speed 2.5 m/sec (NW)
Saturday, Oct 01
Expect a temp in the range 12.9℃ to 14.2℃ with wind speed 5.6 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Oct 02
Expect a temp in the range 13.8℃ to 14.6℃ with wind speed 4.4 m/sec (WSW)
Monday, Oct 03
Expect a temp in the range 5.8℃ to 8.3℃ with wind speed 2.5 m/sec (N)
Tuesday, Oct 04
Expect a temp in the range 10.2℃ to 11.5℃ with wind speed 2.4 m/sec (S)
Wednesday, Oct 05
Expect a temp in the range 15.6℃ to 16.4℃ with wind speed 4.4 m/sec (SW)

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. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Thu 29 Sep
   High Tide at 00:13 (Height 4.37m)
   High Tide at 02:53 (Height 4.08m)
   Low Tide at 06:13 (Height 0.79m)
   High Tide at 12:31 (Height 4.37m)
   High Tide at 15:11 (Height 4.18m)
   Low Tide at 18:30 (Height 0.90m)
Fri 30 Sep
   High Tide at 00:48 (Height 4.29m)
   High Tide at 03:28 (Height 4.06m)
   Low Tide at 06:47 (Height 0.94m)
   High Tide at 13:12 (Height 4.32m)
   High Tide at 15:47 (Height 4.12m)
   Low Tide at 19:07 (Height 1.05m)
Sat 01 Oct
   High Tide at 01:29 (Height 4.16m)
   High Tide at 04:09 (Height 3.99m)
   Low Tide at 07:26 (Height 1.18m)
   High Tide at 13:50 (Height 4.16m)
   High Tide at 16:25 (Height 4.02m)
   Low Tide at 19:50 (Height 1.28m)
Sun 02 Oct
   High Tide at 02:16 (Height 3.96m)
   High Tide at 04:51 (Height 3.89m)
   Low Tide at 08:13 (Height 1.52m)
   High Tide at 14:42 (Height 3.94m)
   High Tide at 17:07 (Height 3.87m)
   Low Tide at 20:44 (Height 1.59m)
Mon 03 Oct
   High Tide at 03:24 (Height 3.78m)
   High Tide at 05:44 (Height 3.77m)
   Low Tide at 09:19 (Height 1.90m)
   High Tide at 15:51 (Height 3.74m)
   High Tide at 18:06 (Height 3.69m)
   Low Tide at 22:05 (Height 1.88m)
Tue 04 Oct
   High Tide at 04:44 (Height 3.67m)
   High Tide at 07:04 (Height 3.66m)
   Low Tide at 11:02 (Height 2.13m)
   High Tide at 17:14 (Height 3.62m)
   High Tide at 19:39 (Height 3.57m)
   Low Tide at 23:57 (Height 1.92m)
Wed 05 Oct
   High Tide at 06:15 (Height 3.71m)
   High Tide at 08:35 (Height 3.76m)
   Low Tide at 12:52 (Height 2.03m)
   High Tide at 18:46 (Height 3.68m)
   High Tide at 21:06 (Height 3.69m)

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