If you’re a sucker for scenery, and are bringing your car to the Island, here’s how you can find some of the Isle of Wight’s top viewing spots. Following one or more – of our scenic drives, you can enjoy sweeping panoramic views, clifftop stops, ocean drives and quiet countryside. Take a look at some of the best drives below:
This route has history: Military Road was built by German prisoners of war during World War II. It runs parallel with the southern coast of the Isle of Wight, from Freshwater near the western tip to Chale on the southern tip.
Having Freshwater Bay as a starting point means breakfast in potentially one of the most charming eateries on the island: Piano Café. Pain au chocolats and croissants, homemade American pancakes and natural yoghurts, full English breakfasts and bacon sandwiches, and plenty more, all prepared with local produce where possible.
A little way down Military Road are Compton Bay and the Downs, home to a beautiful beach, clifftop views, and the prime place to surf on the Isle of Wight. iSurf Mobile Surf School are located down on the beach below the bay parking area, if you’re looking to learn!
Drive the full length of the coastal road and you’ll find yourself in Blackgang Chine — an ideal destination for families. The oldest amusement park in the UK, Blackgang Chine has rides, coasters, and live performances themed around cowboys, pirates, dinosaurs, fairies, and more.
Middle Road Isle of Wight
Starting on the outskirts of Newport, Middle Road offers a journey through the heart of the Isle of Wight, serving up views of the surrounding countryside. Before setting off, enjoy brunch at Quay Arts, the widely-loved harbourside gallery with a welcoming café at its centre.
The brunch, lunch, and afternoon tea menus here boast some of the best healthy homemade vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food on the Isle of Wight, sourced from the farmlands surrounding Middle Road.
Once you’re on the road, impressive arching woods and incredible rolling hills will lead you past the edge of Freshwater — near the Isle of Wight Festival’s original site — and wind a route past Tapnell Farm, home to The Cow Co., a restaurant with a focus on the best local beef, cheeses, and dairy products.
If you happen to take one of these routes whilst you’re on holiday with us at Brook House, don’t forget to snap a picture and let us know on social media.