An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

The Needles Chairlift

Alum Bay is well known for its multi-coloured sand cliffs and stunning views across the Solent. The sands are made of three minerals – quartz, felspar and mica. When these are pure they are white, with colours seen in Alum Bay coming from contamination by other minerals. The Needles Chairlift is a great way to see the multi-coloured layers and is also the best way to see the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark, The Needles.

The chairlift runs from the top of  Alum Bay cliffs down to the beach below (return). For more details check here

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

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

Other islands nearby:

Brownsea Island

Hayling Island

Portsea Island

Thorney Island

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