West Isle of Wight Picnic Spots

The summer weather offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy lunch outside and with glorious views of the coast and countryside. The West of the Island has fantastic choice of picnic spots and we hope to introduce you to some of them. Excellent local Isle of Wight food and drink can be bought at a host of farm shops and local stores on the Island (listed below) and enjoyed as part of a walk.

Here are some recommended picnic spots suggested by guests.

Tennyson Downs Picnic Spot

Tennyson Downs
Tennyson Downs Isle of Wight

The Tennyson Downs are a series of hills running from The Needles in the West, through Freshwater bay and inland towards Carisbrooke. Anywhere along the whole length of the hills could be said to be a great picnic place as there is one wonderful view after another but we have two specific spots to recommend.

The first is at the Tennyson Monument which is high up on the cliffs above Freshwater Bay. This wonderful location is marked with a large celtic cross and an inscription commemorating the life of Alfred Lord Tennyson. This is a popular stopping off point on a walk to The Needles from Freshwater Bay but you will find an undisturbed picnic spot if you move a little way from the monument. To reach the Tennyson Monument simply follow the signposted coastal path West of Freshwater Bay. You cannot fail to notice the monument 20mins along the path.  It is important to be aware of the cliff edge.

West Isle of Wight
Tennyson Downs View

Also on the Tennyson Downs, but this time inland from Freshwater Bay, is the Five Barrows where there is also a triangulation point. This hill top location offers wonderful views over the South West Coast and down to Brook which is directly below. You can reach this picnic spot by taking the Tennyson Trail from Freshwater Bay which crosses the golf course and heads East. The Five Barrows will be on your left after 4km. Alternatively, one can walk up from Brook or Brighstone by following the Tennyson Trail Westwards. Map location Tennyson Downs

St Catherine’s Oratory Picnic Spot

st catherines oratoryAlso known as the Pepper Pot this is a beautiful Isle of Wight landmark and set in a peaceful area near Niton with views across the South of the Isle of Wight. From St Catherine’s Oratory you can see Freshwater Bay off to the West and Ventnor to the East. The grassy banks around the Pepper Pot are idea for a picnic and a chance to soak up the view. To reach St Catherine’s Oratory you must be on the coastal road between Niton and Brighstone. A car park is located at the foot of the hill on which St Catherine’s Oratory sits and this is 2km from Niton village and just above Blackgang Chine. From the car park cross the road and follow the footpath up the hill for a few hundred metres. Map Location for St Catherine’s Oratory

If you have a favourite picnic spot that you want to share please tell us about it on an email to mail@islandcottageholidays.com

Picnic Food Shops

Village Shop Freshwater Bay – Excellent small village shop at Freshwater Bay selling good picnic food as well as daily staples. Excellent fruit and veg. Located West of the Bay at Freshwater Bay on the road to Alum Bay.

Brighstone Village Shop – Praised by everyone for the excellent range of local produce. Well worth a visit. Located in the middle of Brighstone.

Niton Village Shop – Another on the Island’s best small supermarkets. Big range with some locally made treats.

Isle of Wight Cottage Guest Cycling Comments

We love hearing about our guests holidays and all the activities enjoyed as part of their cottage holiday on the Isle of Wight. We have put together a little selection of comments from guest who talk about cycling on the Isle of Wight.

Hackney Stable Cottage

Hackney Stable Cottage Isle of Wight

“Wonderful holiday in a well equipped, pleasant and very interesting cottage. The children loved the play area and the lake and the proximity of Walks and cycle paths was a great advantage. We will certainly return.”.

One Mead Cottage Isle of Wight

One Mead Cottage Isle of Wight

“First family trip with 2 teenagers to the IoW, picked a gem to stay in. Top class-contemporary accommodation, extremely well equipped. Lovely rural setting with long cycle/walking routes a stones throw away. Great pub meals close by too! Owners always on hand. Will be back for sure.. ”

Paperbarn Cottage

Paperbarn Cottage Isle of Wight

“Great location with easy off road access to cycle path (Sandown to Cowes). Super pub – Pointers – a short walk away. Cottage had everything you could wish for and owners are friendly but unobtrusive.”

Moonfleet Cottage

Moonfleet Cottage Isle of Wight

“Lovely views, comfy size for two. Easy to get to by bike with a beautiful cycle ride from the ferry at Yarmouth.”

Indian Summer House Cottage

Indian Summer House Cottage Isle of Wight

“We really enjoyed our stay, the cottage is on its own in secluded woodland. Cowes is also a very nice town with good shops either side of the water. We hired bikes from the bike shop in Cowes midweek and really enjoyed a cycle around the estuary.”

We look forward to welcoming many more guests with their bikes this summer. For more information about Isle of Wight cottages for cyclists and Isle of Wight cycling information visit Cyclists Welcome Cottages Isle of Wight and Isle of Wight Cycling.