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Beaches in the north



Gurnard Bay beach


Gurnard beach, Isle of Wight

Ideal for family bathing with a gently shelving sand and shingle beach. Also suitable for wind surfing and dinghy sailing with a slipway for small boats.

Café, beach huts, toilets and parking.




Cowes beach


Cowes beach, Isle of Wight

Prince's Esplanade provides a sand and shingle beach accessible by car or on foot. Ideal for family swimming, plenty of seafront activities plus fantastic views of yachts, cruise ships and large container vessels in the Solent. Café, parking, toilets and boat trips.
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East Cowes beach


East Cowes beach, Isle of Wight

A short walk from the town centre, you will discover a sand and shingle beach suitable for swimming and canoeing. Beach huts, deckchair hire, children's play area and paddling pool. Café, toilets and car parking.
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Osborne beach


Osborne beach, Isle of Wight

Osborne beach belonged to Queen Victoria and has recently been opened by English Heritage to visitors to Osborne House. It is set in a beautiful location, it's safe for families and there's a café and toilets.
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Getting there

Red Funnel's Red Jet service docks in the heart of West Cowes - the beach is just 10 minutes away.

The vehicle ferry service berths at East Cowes and again the beach is a 10 minute walk.

Gurnard can be reached by bus from Cowes (service 32) or on foot past the RYS and Egypt Point.

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