Lepe Country Park

Lepe Country Park, with a mile of beach, pine fringed cliffs and historic D-day remains, has stunning views across the Solent from Hurst Castle to Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower.

Lepe is a great day out for people of all ages with the opportunity for children to search for seashore crabs and adults to take a relaxing stroll around the wildlife area through woodlands and meadows with great views over the Dark Water estuary – all set within the stunning New Forest National Park.

In 2018, the Park unveiled a new restaurant; The Lookout. Built on stilts, this fantastic new venue has panoramic views over the Solent and provides a destination for visitors whatever the weather, whether popping in to grab ice-creams for the family or enjoying a coffee next to a roaring fire.

Park opening times: 7.30am until 8pm or dusk, whichever is earliest.
Café: 10am – 5pm (Summer), 10am – 4pm (winter)

Admission price 

Car park charges apply at all times. Check website for the up to date charges.

Why should I visit?

    • Beach – great walks, amazing views over the Solent and lots of space for building sandcastles and watching boats go by.
    • Heritage – Explore the D-Day remains a mile east of the car parks or visit the interactive periscope to see Lepe’s underground observation post manned by Royal Observer Corps volunteers during the Cold War.
    • Play – a recently updated play area and new accessible Sensory Garden are a highlight at the Park.
    • Explore – Lepe’s local nature reserve with pond, birdhide and childrens nature trail.
    • Café – enjoy all your favourite seaside treats from fish and chips to ice-cream from Lepe’s new café – opening March 2018.

Facilities

Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Cafe
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Dogs accepted
Gift shop
On site parking
Restaurant
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 3 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
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Where to find us

Address

Lepe Country Park
Lepe
Exbury
Southampton
SO45 1AD

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By car

From junction 2 of M27 follow signs towards Hythe and Fawley on A326. At Holbury branch right towards Blackfield and Langley and follow brown tourist signs to Lepe.

By train

Nearest railway station is Brockenhurst. Bicycles can be hired here.

By bus

Bluestar operate a regular service from Southampton but this stops a mile north of the park at Langley and the walk from here is along a lane with no footpath: www.bluestarbus.co.uk

Kids activities

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  • Beach: A great beach for building sandcastles, crabbing and paddling in the Solent.
  • Play area: Fun and recently updated play area with equipment for various age groups right next to an open field, perfect for ball games and flying kites!
  • Sensory Garden: Opened in 2017, Lepe’s new Sensory Garden is accessible to all and offers a unique sensory experience of nature in Lepe’s nature reserve.
  • Nature Trail: Brass rubbings trail around Lepe’s local nature reserve. Paid for at the Park office – trail, crayons provided as part of the trail.
  • Events: Check out Lepe’s website & social media pages for a list of upcoming events including Bushcraft, Seashore Safaris and Wildplay wanders – there’s something for all to enjoy the countryside.