The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Cozy bar with blackboard menu choices; fish and seafood being specialities. Parking is available and the pub is in lovely countryside, the perfect stopping point for walkers and cyclists.
Alum Bay Beach is unmistakable for its soaring multi-coloured cliffs and spectacular views of the island's iconic Needles. The crystal waters are a favourite amongst local swimmers and there is an amusement park on the cliffs above the bay. To get onto the beach, walk down a series of steps on foot, or for something different, take a ride on the chairlift running from the Needles Park and enjoy the views.
If you're looking for a moderate 4 mile walk taking in the Needles then this is a good one to try. Start and finish in Totland with moderate climbing, dogs are welcome and it should take you around two and a half hours. Take a look at the National Trust website link for a detailed route.
Come toTotland for a more dramatic coastline and adventurous watersports. Not far from the Needles on the most westerly point, there are golden sands if you prefer to sit and while away the hours with a nice view. It also backs onto Tennyson Downs if you fancy a wildlife wander.
A pretty bay with a sand and pebble beach nestled in between chalk cliffs. Located just to the east of Needles headland, the beach is popular but usually has ample space and facilities. Parking is available and dogs are not allowed from May until the end of September. There's no lifeguard cover here.
If you visit at high tide, there's a good spot along the sea wall to jump off and go for a swim. At low tide the 'cabbage patch' of rocks appear, a great spot for rock pooling and exploring, but shoes are advised!
Pay a visit here and enjoy panoramic views of the Needles along with the opportunity to explore the Old and New Batterys' perched high upon the cliffs. There's exhibitions, memorabilia, a tearoom and stunning cliff top walks from Needles Headland to Freshwater. Check opening times on the National Trust website and note the property does close in high winds.
Also the former rocket testing site where the Black Knight and Black Arrow Cold war rockets were tested. An interesting site for military history fans.
The original station was transformed into a restaurant in 2014 and is now open for lunch and dinner throughout the year. This is a popular spot for walkers and cyclists and dogs are made very welcome. Give them a call for opening times before you go as they don't open every day during off season months.
Fantastic meal and a nice location for a bit of birdwatching
We had some great burgers and a delicious roast duck leg with a savoury waffle (loved the sauce too!) What a great location! Shame it was too cold for us to explore the wetlands and foreshore, however still managed to spot a few interesting birds on the way back to the town centre. Dogs are welcome too, which is a bonus, and they can even sample some "doggy treats"
Park above the beach and take the steps down. There's two miles of open sandy beach, sandstone cliffs and the chalk cliffs of Freshwater further afield. There are no facilities apart from toilets so take all your food and drink with you. It's a popular spot for kitesurfers and windsurfers. Dogs are not allowed from 1st June to the end of September and there is no lifeguard cover.
A great spot for an Ice cream if you're out for a drive along the South Coast. One of the few places on the Island you can usually find some Surf
From Easter until 1st November regular boat trips take place around the famous Needles Rocks and lighthouse. From Alum Bay you'll need to make your way to the beach either by chair lift or down the steps to the jetty.
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Things to do
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