myIsleofWight Guide to the Top 10 Best Beaches

OK – here it is the myIsleofWight guide to some of the best beaches – and the reasons why we love them. Of course some of this information is top secret so keep it to yourself...

Sandy…

  • Compton & Brook – I know – such favourites and forever will be. Listed as one of the UK's best beaches by The Telegraph and Rough Guides, there is nothing as stunning as Compton at low tide with all the rivers and pools of sun-warmed water to run and splash through.  

  • Ryde – great for riding, kiting, and just about everything else really. The sand here is endless when the tide is out. Perfect for a day with the children building sandcastles.

  • Bembridge Beach – lovely sandy beach great for kayaking, sailing and kitesurfing and on the opposite side of the entrance to Bembridge Harbour is the wonderful sand dunes of the Duver at St Helen’s. Well worth a wander.
  • Colwell Bay - the perfect family beach for paddling as when the tide is out the water is super shallow and warm! Kids can swim, kayak, paddleboard and if they fall in are only ever up to their waist. 

Adventurous & Secret…

  • Chilton Chine – This has steep access down on to the beach but once there it is all sand and Jurassic style coastline. Walk right and you’ll come across some amazing rocks scattered on the beach that are so worn by the sea they look like a dinosaur has just laid down and died leaving his skeleton strewn along the sand.

  • The Sandhard – this tiny beach is often completely overlooked. Hidden behind Yarmouth Harbour, the quickest way to get there is to grab a harbour taxi across the water and walk along the jetty to a lovely little spot with small sand dunes, BBQ and picnic area and pebbled beach directly out onto the Solent.

  • Rocken End – a real gem this beach requires descent by rope and at the bottom comprises tiny shingle and sometimes crashing waves as the waters from the east and west collide at this most southerly point.

Retro…

  • Sandown & Shanklin – a must for arcades, stripy deckchairs, the pier and even donkey rides. The sand at Sandown is such a treat too.

  • Ventnor – vintage charm itself with the esplanade, framing a picturesque beach perfect for flying a kite or lazing in the sun.

By Boat…

  • Scratchell’s Bay – only accessible by boat this tiny pebble beach sits hidden just the other side of The Needles below towering stacks of chalk cliffs going up to the Needle Old Battery above. With turquoise water that shelves deeply, perfect for swimming, you could be in the med…

  • New territory - the northern shore of the Island from Yarmouth to Newtown (along the Solent side) is a myriad of tiny private bits of beach that were made for exploring and having a good barbie. Best approached by boat and beach anchored, they are also fantastic for collecting driftwood!

Stripped Bare…

  • Yes – there are even beaches here on the Island where it is OK to get back to nature. As promoted by British Naturism there are naturist beaches at Culver Beach near Sandown, beneath Blackgang Chine and between Atherfield Point and Shepherds Chine. Go on I dare you…
Alix Robinson

6 July 2018

By Alix Robinson in Articles

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