The Isle of Wight – beaches & coves (ITINERARY)


When one of my favourite bloggers, Ben Penreath, doesn’t post in his usual Sunday night slot, while I pine a bit because of the lack of “Inspiration” that week, I imagine what wonderful place he’s off to this time and usually head over to Instagram to see where he’s at.

A few weeks ago I was myself away for the weekend, for my first ever trip to the Isle of Wight.

I wasn’t prepared for the wind (apparently it’s always windy there), the cost of the ferry (£110 return – but we did only book five days in advance so perhaps that’s why), the seeming lack of good eateries (any recommendations?) or the wonderful, dreamy beaches – Compton Bay was the best stop off at a whim.

Below are some pictures of Compton Bay, with the itinerary at the bottom.  We walked 45-minutes all the way until the beach was no more and then came back, all the time chasing the waves as the sea continued to go out.  It was a perfect beach.


0600 Leave – 2 hours to ferry port (allow 30-60 min check in time)
0900 Ferry departs Southampton (in fact we arrived at 0750 and were able to get on the 0800 ferry
1000 Arrive Cowes
Option (we didn’t visit) Newport Roman Villa  £3.50 Cypress Road, Isle of Wight, PO30 1HA (10-4 Sat/12-4 Sun)
Needles Point Drive to Yarmouth, Needles Point

Parking: no onsite parking. Alum Bay 3/4 mile (not National Trust, minimum £5, but if NT member, show card and park for free). Freshwater Bay 3 miles (not National Trust), or Highdown (SZ325856) 2 miles, both across Downs

 Option (we didn’t visit) (free with art pass) 10-5pm Terrace Ln, Freshwater PO40 9QF
BEACH: Compton Bay and Brook : PO30 4HB car parks, free to NT members beach is via steep wooden steps
Sunday, 20 August
Option Cycling Sandown to Shaklin along front (5 miles) –
Option (Free)
National Trust

–          Bothwood Copse

Mottistone Gardens (not open Sat)

Sunday 10-5
 Option (we didn’t do bit ot was open the weekend we were there) NGS – Morton Manor, Morton Manor Road, Brading, Sandown, Isle Of Wight, PO36 0EP

Off A3055 5m S of Ryde, just out of Brading. At Yar Bridge T-lights turn into lower Adgestone Rd. Take next L into Morton Manor Rd.



 Option (we didn’t do) Beach: St Helens Duver  St Helens, Isle of Wight, PO33 1XY For the soft sandy beach at St Helens, head to Nodes Point which is a short, flat stroll along the seafront from our car park at the Duver (free for NT members).
1200-1300 Osborn House  (free with Art Fund)

York Avenue, Isle of Wight, PO32 6JX – £14.60 for student with NHS card

1530 Leave for ferry – Trinity Road, East Cowes. Closest postcode PO32 6RA 5 mins from Osborn House
1630 Ferry departs
1730 Arrive Southampton

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