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20th January

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Park up and enjoy the view at these five fantastic viewpoints
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Best for... coastal views


A glorious sunny day driving around the Island blows the cobwebs away and drivers often find themselves along the Military Road taking in the views of the sublime coastline and sparkling channel. Instead of letting the scenery whizz by why not stop along the way at Blackgang Viewpoint? With views looking back across Chale, Brighstone and Compton Bays to the white chalk cliffs of Freshwater Bay and Tennyson Down it’s one of the best coastal sights on the Island. If you are lucky there’s the added advantage of an ice cream van which parks up on summer days.

Nearby: Blackgang Chine, Chale Green Stores, Isle of Wight Pearl, White Mouse, St Catherine’s Oratory

Best for... ice cream

Brading Down

For a real gourmet ice cream experience you can’t beat Brading Down as the local award winning ice cream makers Minghella set up their ice cream van here. There’s plenty of parking, perched above Sandown looking across the bay. See if you can spot the Island Line train running from Brading to Sandown below. And at night there’s still a dazzling view as you look down at the twinkling lights of Sandown and Shanklin.

Nearby: Brading Roman Villa, Adgestone Vineyard, Lilliput Doll & Toy Museum, Sandown Zoo, Dinosaur Isle

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Best for... stretching your legs

Culver Cliff

A short drive from Brading is another spectacular viewpoint at Culver Cliff. With views looking across Whitecliff Bay and in the opposite direction towards Yaverland and Sandown it’s well worth getting out of the car.

Aside from the scenery this is also a place of historical interest as it is the site of one of the first wireless stations built by Marconi (no longer in place) and also of the Culver Gun Battery dating from 1893. The remains of the battery visible today are the gun emplacements.

Best for... a sense of history

Carisbrooke Castle

For real sense of history head to Carisbrooke Castle, famous for holding King Charles I prisoner after his defeat in the English Civil War. The Castle dominates the viewpoint which is located on Whitcombe Road. Follow signs to Carisbrooke Castle but at the mini roundabout instead of following the sign that leads you to the castle entrance up Castle Hill take the Whitcombe Road exit leading behind the castle.


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Best for... yachts and races


Facing the mainland towards Lymington and the New Forest there’s plenty of activity on the water. Look out for the Wightlink car ferry, yachts and the occasional lifeboat setting off from Yarmouth harbour. Why not take your binoculars and see what you can spot?

Nearby: Yarmouth Castle