A lovely thatched pub with a great beer garden and views across the English Channel. Set in countryside but a stones throw from Compton Bay, this is the place to stop for lunch or dinner and it's great for walkers, cyclists and locals alike. Car parking is available and dogs are very welcome.
Adjacent to Compton Bay, this beach offers golden sands and wide open spaces for games. A Fossilised forest appears at low tide at Hanover Point and a sandstone ledge behind it offers up fossilised dinosaur footprints. It is possible to book on a tour to discover more fossils on the beach. Dogs are welcome on the beach here year round. There are no lifeguards on duty here.
A 6 mile circular trail that celebrates 'the horse the Germans could not kill' (see the film, War Horse) by following the footsteps (hoofsteps?) of this famous equine around Brook and Mottistone on the west coast of the island. Click the link for Visit Isle of Wight's map download.
A picture perfect village full of photo opportunities, Brook is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ideally located for the watersports and beaches of the west coast, the village itself is a peaceful hideaway with easy access to bigger villages full of local conveniences as well as the many walking routes of the area.
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
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!
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 in the large National Trust car park (there's one at each end of the beach) and take the steep steps to the beach. There are toilets at the car park but no facilities on the beach so take your own equipment and food with you. The area is well known for its dinosaur footprints and bones and it is possible to book tours on the beach to see these. The area is popular with kitesurfers and good for beach games. There is a seasonal dog ban on the beach west of Hanover Point from May to September. Dogs are welcome between Hanover Point and Brook Chine year round.
A large area of woodland maintained by the Forestry Commission. There's miles of woodland walks suitable for both walkers and mountain bikers. The red squirrel hide is a great place to spot wildlife from.
Great place for a walk and to get close to nature - and we saw a red squirrel!
Beautiful place to walk the dog and the kids!
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