Hidden Gems

“Here’s some of the Island’s best kept secrets.”

You might have to try a bit harder to get to these but they are definitely worth it.

the duver st helens

The Duver, St Helens

Once a Victorian golf course the Duver is now maintained by the National Trust. The Sand dunes are bordered on the south by Bembridge Harbour and the Solent to the north. There are the ruins of St Helens Old Church and sea wall with brightly coloured beach huts and an excellent beach café.

priory bay beach

Priory Bay Beach

Just round the coastline from Ryde, this beautiful secluded beach can be accessed at low tide if you are walking around from Ryde seafront. Don’t forget to check tide times first to ensure you can get there and back in time!

hamstead point beach

Hamstead Point Beach

A fascinating shoreline for fossil hunters and bird watchers. Not one to visit if you want to go for a swim or sunbathe, but if you have a young Christopher Columbus with you then this is the perfect spot!

quarr abbey fishbourne

Quarr Abbey, Fisbourne

Quarr Abbey is often dismissed as just a monastery, however it is a beautiful picturesque spot for a stroll. They also have a gift shop and tearooms with tasty local produce to eat or take home.

st catherines lighthouse niton

St Catherine’s Lighthouse, Niton

The view from the walk down to the lighthouse is stunning – imagine dramatic cliffs and tumbling landslips with St Catherine’s Lighthouse perched on the edge. Tours of the lighthouse are very reasonable; however, the best bit is soaking up the unspoilt surroundings.

steephill cove

Steephill Cove, Ventnor

Steephill Cove is an unspoilt fishing cove with a safe, sandy beach. With only a handful of cottages, deckchairs, beach huts, lobster pots and an old donkey and not a slot machine, car or burger in sight. Surrounding the Cove are fantastic coastal walks. Go west to the Botanical Gardens or east to Ventnor.