There’s one thing that’s clear during a visit to the Isle of Wight, and that’s that you’re never far away from a beautiful, scenic view. Whether enjoying the blue of the sea contrasting on the white sandy beaches, or you are witnessing the greenery of the fields that expand far into the horizon, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, at every side of the Island. Here are 4 places where you can enjoy some of the best Island views around:
Brading Down viewpoint
To the east of the central chalk ridge of the Island and to the west of the town itself, Brading Down is part of the Isle of Wight’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is one of our most popular sites for walking, exploring and enjoying the natural beauty of the Island, with the Down being home to different plants and animals and panoramic views around. You can see Brading Roman Villa from the viewpoint, giving an extra historically significant feeling to the ground you’re walking.
Blackgang Chine Viewpoint Car Park
Car park? We know. The name isn’t very inspiring but the viewpoint is simply worth the trip. From this point, you can enjoy the views towards the West Wight and enjoy looking at the cliffs, as they crumble and fall away. Not only is this a beautiful place to stop and take in the views, but it’s very close to a must-see site on the Island – St Catherine’s Oratory. The lighthouse was built by a local lord in the 14th century to atone for stealing church wine, and it is just a half mile walk from the car park, so well worth a trip to see.
The Culver Downs are beautiful chalk downs which offer superb views of the English Channel, and a beautiful walk to boot. The Culver Downs have several viewpoints along the walk, showing Sandown, Shankin and at the other end, Whitecliff Bay. The Downs are an ideal vantage point to watch the Round the Island Yacht Race during the summer. Culver is a great place to visit even when it’s not sunny, and is guaranteed to give you a lovely peaceful feeling as you experience it.
Carisbrooke Castle from the top of the hill
Like all the finest castles, Carisbrooke stands on the top of a hill, giving it the perfect viewpoint to keep an eye on approaching enemies. Nowadays it’s the perfect viewpoint to soak up the green and pleasant views that surround this historic gem. After you’ve explored the castle and grounds, it’s easy to lose many hours just taking in the view over Carisbrooke itself, and far beyond. On a clear day you can see for miles. Sublime!