Stone Point (Lepe Park)

COVID-19:  we aim to staff NCI Stone Point from 1000hrs to 1600hrs local time on all days. Occasionally the station may be manned by a single watchkeeper, who is in telephone contact with our main station, NCI Calshot Tower. Due to Covid precautions visitors are not allowed in the Station. (Updated: 3rd May 2022)


 

Situated in Lepe Country Park, this NCI station is a satellite station of NCI Calshot Tower.  The beach adjoining the lower car park is directly in front of the Station, while Lepe Spit can be viewed from the nearby cliff edge. The present station is being replaced by a larger, wood-clad Station installed a short distance to the east which will become operational once all facilities are in place.

Visitor Policy
Visitors are welcome to come to the Station and ask about our work although, when an incident is ongoing or when training is taking place, this may not always be convenient, and the duty watchkeeper may ask visitors to call back later.
Local Hazards
Very strong currents over Lepe (Horseshoe) Spit and at Stansore Point even inshore at the beach edge. Danger of vessels going aground at Lepe Spit and the Beaulieu River entrance. Tide rips around Lepe Spit CM and at Gurnard Ledges
Operational capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to JRCC Fareham
Current weather and sea conditions are available by phone during watch hours
Defibrillator Available: 
No
Station Telephone: 
07763 645433
Visual Watch: 
Yes
Radar Watch: 
No
NAVTEX: 
No
AIS Watch: 
No
DSC Watch: 
No
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
16
67
Radio: Channels in use (call direct not via ch 16): 
65
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Station Call Sign: 
Stone Point NCI
Visual Horizon: 
5nm towards the east and 10nm to the west Solent; on the mainland: Stansore Point to Beaulieu River entrance, Also Hurst Castle; on the Isle of Wight: Old Castle Point to Hamstead Cliff including the Gurnard Ledge and Newtown River entrance.

Station Info

Station Address
(for mail only:)
NCI Stone Point c\o: HCC Office
Lepe Country Park
Lepe
SO45 1AD
Station telephone number
07763 645433
Station email address
Station contact
Sue Rudge
Station contact role
Secretary
Station website
Summer opening
Open from: 
10:00
Open until: 
16:00
Days: 
Every Day
Notes: 
We aim to staff the station from 10.00 to 16.00 BST provided staff numbers permit. If the Country Park is closed due to bad weather, the station also will be closed.
Winter opening
Open from: 
10:00
Open until: 
16:00
Days: 
Every Day
Notes: 
We aim to staff the station from 10.00 to 16.00 GMT provided staff numbers permit. If the Country Park is closed due to bad weather, the station also will be closed.
Location
Latitude: 
50°47.06'N
Longitude: 
001°21.24'W
OS Reference: 
SZ 4564 9851
Station Elevation: 
16 feet; 5m
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Visual features of station
The Station is an NCI Mobile Unit situated at the cliff edge in the Lepe Country Park upper car park above and to the east of the "Lookout" restaurant and Park Office.

About

Currently almost 60 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The words National Coastwatch Institution and Eyes Along the Coast and the NCI logos are Registered Trademarks of NCI.

Contact Details

GENERAL ENQUIRIES
0300 111 1202
[email protected]

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES
0845 460 1202
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