An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

Isle of Wight beaches

Just west of Freshwater Bay, remote Watcombe Bay, is cut into the chalk cliffs below Fort Redoubt. Its sand and pebble beach is often deserted and there are caves to explore through the cliffs. Not for the faint-hearted the only way to get there is to swim or kayak from Freshwater Bay on a calm sea; and at the lowest of Spring tides it is also possible to scramble around the headland. The bay can be spotted from the cliffs above, along the Isle of Wight Coastal Path.

Watcombe Bay is located at Grid Ref SZ 342 855 on OS Explorer OL29

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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