The landscape of the Isle of Wight, with its undulating hills and dramatic coastline, gives it many beautiful views, look outs and panoramas. Almost every walk or bike ride will take you somewhere with a magnificent vista to enjoy. Here is a list of our favourite views on the Isle of Wight which has been compiled with the help of our holiday guests.
1. The Needles – This iconic sight is probably one of the best known views on the Island. It can be seen from many angles and most visitors see the rocks from the Needles Park and Alum Bay beach below. A number of people also choose to take a boat ride to get a very close view. However, one of the best angles is much less known and can be seen from the old rocket testing station up on the hills to the South of the Needles Park.
2. Culver Cliffs – The World War II history and family of buzzards make this an attraction in its own right but the views are certainly spectacular. This headland between Sandown and Bembridge is reached by the coastal path or by car and there is even a pub for refreshments. The views are so panoramic it was used as a gunnery station and remains of the gun placements are still there to be explored. Views down to Sandown to the South and Bembridge to the North are the most beautiful but due to the height it is possible to see most of the East side of the Island.
3. Ventnor Downs – The hills above Ventnor are a fantastic lookout point and can be reached by car or on foot from the town. To reach it by car take the main Newport Road but turn right onto Down Rd while still in town (just after steep left-right bends in the road). Although there are great sea views across Luccombe some of the best views are of the interior of the Isle of Wight and especially the view over Wroxall towards Godshill.
4. The Solent from Cowes – The boats and ships make this view very dynamic and interesting. Traffic entering Southampton varies in size from small sailing craft to large super tankers and all seem to be putting on a show as they pass close to the Island. This view can be enjoyed from Cowes Beach or anywhere along the promenade to Gurnard.
5. The Pepper Pot (St Catherine’s Oratory) – The remains of this old church sit on high ground just South West of Niton on the South West of the Isle of Wight. You must walk from the car park which is located just above Blackgang Chine. Once at St Catherine’s Oratory there are panoramic views along the West coast but also, and more surprisingly, beautiful views East over Ventnor.
6. Whitecliff Bay – This bay is just below Culvar Cliffs towards Bembridge and is best reached on the Isle of Wight Coastal Path. The Bay is a very attractive location with many views but the most dramatic is the one across the beach to the cliffs of Culvar Cliffs. If you have been to see the view from Culvar Cliffs you might not have been aware that you were standing on the subject of a beautiful view too.
7. Bembridge Windmill View – Bembridge Windmill is a lovely rural location with excellent views over the interior of the Isle of Wight. The good elevated position also gives a sea view to the North.
8. Shanklin Bay from Grand View Tearooms – This summer tea rooms enjoys wonderful views over Shanklin beach and can be reached via the coastal path running along the top of the cliffs South of Shanklin. The views takes in the whole of the bay including Sandown Bay and across to the cliffs in the distance. Grand View Tearooms
9. Smugglers Haven View – The cafe of Smugglers Haven halfway between Shanklin and Ventnor can be reached by car and is next to a car park/layby on the main road. From the tea rooms there is a lovely view across a garden, over some trees and across the sea. This view is made even better with a cream tea.
10. St Catherines Lighthouse – St Catherines Lighthouse at Niton Undercliff is near Niton on the South of the Isle of Wight. There is a coastal walk but the best views is from the high ground on the edge of Niton Undercliff which takes in the light house and the beautiful stretch of coastline.