what to do on the isle of wight

This romantic ruin, also known as the ‘Salt Pot’, high on St Catherine’s Down and overlooking Chale Bay, is the only Medieval lighthouse in England and the subject of a colourful local legend. Built in the 14th century when the Pope ordered the Lord of the Manor, Walter de Godeton, to build an oratory and beacon on Chale Down as penance for his theft of wine from a French ship that ran aground on the rocks below. Building work started in 1785 but was never completed because the Hill is so often shrouded in mist and a more functional lighthouse was built on the coast at St Catherine’s Point in 1838.

Car park at Blackgang Viewpoint Carpark off A3055 (PO38 2JB; Lat/Long 50.594434, -1.304198). Bus service via Southern Vectis service 6 or Island Coaster (Summer) to Blackgang Chine and then 1⁄2 mile walk. The site is also along The National Cycle Network

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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