Isle of Wight beauty spots you should be visiting this summer

Back in June, residents of the Isle of Wight were greeted with the fantastic news that the island had become the seventh UK destination to be named an Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

The prestigious accolade means that the island is one of the best areas in the world for managed landscapes, and its conscious community has found a way of living alongside the area’s natural beauty and wildlife.

Off the back of this excellent news, I thought I would share some of my favourite beauty spots on the Isle of Wight. From dramatic coastal scenes to picturesque woodland, check out my top five below.

Tennyson Down

Found just south of Totland, Tennyson Down is an imposing grassy ridge of chalk with coastal views that will take your breath away. Named after Lord Tennyson, the famous poet used to walk the seven mile stretch almost every day while taking in the fantastic sea air. It certainly isn’t a view that you could get bored of quickly!

Image Credit: Colin Michael Baker

The Needles

The Needles is a must-visit destination for tourists and islanders alike. In fact, this is my go-to place to take friends when they come to stay on the island. The twenty-minute walk through Alum Bay to the Needles Old Battery is worth skipping the tourist bus for, and the views are nothing short of spectacular with the famous lighthouse and three white chalk stacks greeting you at the end. The walk back is just as impressive, where you can take in the magnificent multi-coloured sand cliffs of Alum Bay.

Image credit: Laurence Baker

Shearn Place, Mottistone

Shearn Place, which is nestled to the back of the picturesque Mottistone Gardens, gets a well-deserved spot on my list. The wooded area comes alive with bluebells in May making the area the perfect place to take the kids fairy spotting (with a few Instagram-worthy shots along the way!).

Image Credit: Liz Miller

Gurnard Beach

I may be biased because I used to live in Gurnard, but this small coastal village at the very north tip of the island is well worth a visit. Head down at the height of summer to enjoy pebbled beaches, panoramic views of the Solent, and probably one of the best marine sunsets you will ever see in your life.

Image Credit: Liz Miller

Priory Bay

If you grew up reading stories about shipwrecks and pirates, this is the place for you. Even though you may not bump into a pirate, this sheltered sandy bay on the northeast coast of the island gives you the feeling of being on a desert island somewhere far away from home.

Image Credit; Colin Babb

 

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