If your kind of Pocket Adventure involves a nice, sunny spot, gently lapping waves, a superb view, and a leisurely summer afternoon, the Isle of Wight is perfect for you. Whatever your beach-based adventure would be, we can provide it! Just a few hours from London, the Isle of Wight’s 57-mile coastline has everything the beach aficionado could hope for.

To give you a helping hand in planning your pocket adventure, here are just a few of our favourite Isle of Wight beach activities:

1) The Great British Beach Experience

Many of us Brits are drawn to the nostalgic appeal of a seaside town. Building sandcastles, paddling in the ocean, and wandering the esplanade with an ice cream is the stuff happy memories are made of.  Ventnor beach – one of the Isle of Wight’s big hitters – offers all of this and more. It has won awards for the quality of the water, the cleanliness of the beaches, and the amusements offered by its esplanade.  It is wonderfully sandy, and offers a good swimming experience.  Away from the sand, the historic town of Ventnor is a wonderful place to explore, particularly for fans of Victorian architecture.

2) Swimming, Sand, and Sports

Best for those travelling as a foot passenger to Ryde, Ryde and Appley Bay combine incredible views across the Solent with long, clean stretches of sand. There’s plenty to do here in the way of watersports – and Ryde in particular offers excellent kitesurfing conditions. With just a short stroll back to the Wightlink Catamaran terminal at the end of Ryde Pier, beached-out adventurers are just 22 minutes away from the mainland.

3) Seaside Seclusion

In today’s hyper-connected world, quiet spots are becoming a rare luxury. If you’re dreaming of a gorgeous beach on which to digitally detox, you can’t do better than Steephill Cove. Steephill Cove is a traditional fishing village, and sitting on this quiet little beach is like taking a step back into a peaceful past! There’s no road access, limited 4G, and no noisy crowds. What there is is a beautiful, unspoiled beach fronting a village where life continues much as it has for centuries. As a bonus, there’s plenty of fresh fish, crab, and lobster available from the local fishermen.

4) Rockpool Reveries

Rockpooling – the ancient art of exploring tidal puddles – is apparently making a comeback. For some of us, it never really left. The age-old fascination of gazing into the clear depths of a rockpool, and watching the tiny ecosystem within is always a delight – even in this age of bright lights and big screens! The beach of Freshwater is fantastic for rockpoolers. Not only does the geology here make for a great array of easily accessible pools, the Isle of Wight’s marine biodiversity ensures that there are plenty of fascinating critters to find!

5) Dog-Friendly Beaches

There’s no reason why your four legged family members shouldn’t get in on the act! Beaches are fantastic fun for dogs, offering plenty of running (or splashing) about, fun smells, and new friends! If your canine companion would like a Pocket Adventure of their very own, there are a few beaches open to dogs all year round. These are:

  • Bonchurch
  • Brook
  • Fort Victoria
  • Reeth Bay
  • Woodside Bay
  • Seagrove
  • Seaview
  • Dunroamin


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