An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

Rock pooling Isle of Wight

The raised beach between Bembridge and Foreland is a rock pooling mecca of vast shallow pools full of life at low tide. Depending on the time of year you might find brittle star, snakelocks anemone, crabs, periwinkles, starfish or goby. You might even be lucky to find one of the famed edible Bembridge crabs, lobsters and spider crabs – or if not there are plenty of places to buy them in the town to make a delicious picnic.

Easy parking (and loos) at Bembridge Carpark (PO35 5TD) adjacent to the Lifeboat Station jetty

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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