Explore a chine on the Isle of Wight

Steep-sided coastal ravines, where a river flows through eroding cliffs to the sea, common features of the Isle of Wight’s south coast. Each has its own character depending on geology and wildlife and over the ages they have been used to access the sea by smugglers, wreckers and pleasure seekers alike. There are about 20 chines to explore on the island, although access does vary if storms have altered their features. The main chine for visitors is Shanklin Chine, a lush tree and fern-lined ravine that cuts its way from Shanklin Old Village to the sandy beach and Esplanade far below. This pay-for-entry family-friendly gorge first opened in 1817 and is the longest established attraction on the island. It can be enjoyed by day or night when hundreds of lights illuminate the narrow paths, streams and waterfalls. Nearby Luccombe Chine, between Shanklin and Ventnor, is a deep wooded chine that leads to a remote beach. A footpath runs down to Luccombe Chine where it is possible to scramble down an old landslip onto the beach. Whale Chine above Chale Beach is another scramble down a few steps and a rope to a deserted beach, or it can also be viewed from the coast path.

Whilst you are on the Isle of Wight why not try:

Walk to the Isle of Wight’s highpoint on St Boniface Down

Enjoy a swim and crab pasty at Steephill Cove

The Needles and Tennyson Down circular walk

Watch an Isle of Wight sunset

Circular walk St Catherine’s Oratory

Look for the Milky Way

Spot a sea eagle

Go fossil hunting

Go rock pooling at Bembridge

Go star gazing

Ride The Needles chairlift

Other islands nearby:

Brownsea Island

Hayling Island

Portsea Island

Thorney Island

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