There are three theories of where Lepe got its name.
The most fitting is from ‘lapis’ a Roman word for stone. Others are from an Anglo-Saxon type a basket made in this area and from when it was necessary to ‘leap’ across the Solent river when the Isle of Wight was part of the mainland.
Lepe is going under! At the end of the last Ice Age, the heavy ice sheets covering Scotland melted causing it to rise and Southern England to sink. This is called tilt
Global warming is melting polar ice caps and has raised sea levels by about 2.5 metres in the past 5,000 years. As this process continues waves will breach our revetments and flood the low land behind more often.
We have to accept that our coastline is changing and one day the beach car park may become the beach!