Shanklin to Ventnor Coastal Walk

Shanklin to Ventnor Coastal Path

Attractive coastal walk with panoramic sea views and visiting beauty spots along the coast. This walk also has a choice of places to stop and eat along the way.

The starting point for this walk is Shanklin Beach which is located on the East Coast of the Isle of Wight. Walk south along the beach keeping the sea on your left. There is a road running parallel with the beach which ends at a turning circle but you must continue along the sandy beach for another 100 meters to join a good path with steps which climbs up the cliff. At the top there is a summer tea gardens and a good viewpoint across Shanklin Beach, over to Sandown and on to Culver Cliffs. Follow the path inland along the road and keep left following Luccombe Road and signs for the coastal path. The road turns into a narrow track and then to a path leading into a wooded section of the coastal path. Continue along the track into Luccombe and follow coastal path signs all the way.

The coastal path is subject to diversions so ensure you obey any rerouted sections. After Luccombe you climb inland and briefly meet the road at a car park. From the car park you can walk through a small wood to an excellent tea shop where you might choose to have tea and enjoy the beautiful walk. From the teashop the path continues from the bottom of the garden and through Devils Chimney which where the path descends back to the coast through a large crack in the rock. This dramatic sight is a delight for children and the explorers in us all.

The path continues to descend via a series of wooden steps and platforms and on into Bonchurch. At Bonchurch there is a lovely village church and pretty village pond. On the opposite side of the road from the village pond there is a road going down to the coast (Shore Road) and from here it is a short walk along the coast to the final destination of Ventnor.

From Ventnor you can take a bus back to Shanklin or you may wish to enjoy the walk in reverse.

Walk Time: 1 to 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate (there are some steepish sections)

Studland Beach Walk – Purbeck Coast

Studland Beach Purbeck DorsetPretty coastal walk along the sandy beach and back across the nature reserve. This walk offers sea views and a chance to see a range of bird life from the nature reserve.

The starting point can be anywhere on the southern end of Studland Beach which can be reached by following road signs from either Swanage or Corfe Castle. There are two National Trust car parks or you may prefer to walk from Studland Village centre or The Bankes Arms Public House at Studland.

Keep the sea on your right and walk along the sand in a northerly direction. In the distance, across the water, you will see Bournemouth. The harder sand near the waters edge is often hard and flat so ideal for walking. Follow the coast till you start to see the beach curve to the left ahead and take one of the many tracks into the dunes on your left. Go inland till you meet one of the larger paths running parallel with the beach and follow it with the sea (which will be out of sight) on your left. The nature reserve and dunes have criss crossing paths which allow you to explore. There are some small lakes and bird hides to look out for. Eventually you will return to Studland Beach car park and you can rejoin the beach to walk back into Studland Village.

Walk Time: 1hour (but more if you explore around the reserve)

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (Nature reserve paths can be soft and sandy)

Valentine’s Day Self Catering Cottages

Valentines Cottages Isle of Wight
Valentines Cottages

Valentines Day is almost upon us and there are some great last minute holidays and short breaks available at self catering holiday cottages on the Isle of Wight. Weekly Valentines Week holidays and 4 day Valentines short break holidays are now listed on our special Valentines Holidays pages.

The Isle of Wight is a beautiful and romantic holiday destinations with wonderful coastal and rural walks, an excellent range of restaurants and places to enjoy food as well as a number of historic buildings with dramatic views over the countryside and the sea. Enjoy the local food, the pretty little villages and the endless opportunities for exploring the rural expanses and the special ambiance for which the Island is famous.

For a complete range of romantic valentines holiday cottages, including small country cottages in beautiful locations, visit our page of  Valentines Holidays where you will also find a selection of Short Break Valentines Cottages.

Useful Valentines Links Isle of Wight:

Baccara Rosa Florists Freshwater

Chocolate Apothecary

Chocolate Mad Cowes

Chocolate Island