You’re never far away from an amazing view on the Isle of Wight – whether you’re enjoying a coastal stroll to watch the sunset or viewing from your car as the ships pass in the Solent, Isle of Wight viewpoints are second to none.
1) Blackgang Chine Viewpoint Car Park TJ Taxis Isle Of Wight Can Get you there.
Its name may not be inspiring, but this viewpoint does exactly what it says on the tin. Enjoy the sweeping vista towards the West Wight and marvel at the level of cliff fall – if you’re a frequent visitor to the Island, you’ll know all about the original parts of Blackgang Chine sliding down the side of the cliff. As well as the glorious back to nature feel of the viewpoint, it’s also only a short walk to one of the must-see sites of the Island – St Catherine’s Oratory. Affectionately known as the ‘Pepperpot’, this strangely located lighthouse was built by a local lord in the early 14th century to atone for stealing church wine. It’s just a half mile walk from the viewpoint carpark, so easy to get to and very much worth it for the extra views.
2) Culver Down-Call TJ Taxis Isle Of Wight
These stunning chalk Downs offer stupendous views of the English Channel and are a delight to walk. With several separate viewpoints along Culver Down you can find yourself looking out towards the Sandown and Shanklin, while at the other end you can see Whitecliff Bay. It’s an ideal vantage point to watch the Round the Island Yacht Race as well, which is a major feature of the Festival of the Sea, our very own celebration of the briny wonder that surrounds us. Culver is gorgeous to experience even when the weather isn’t so sunny, and it’s guaranteed to give you a feeling of wellbeing no matter the time of year you visit.
3) High Down in the West Wight
TJ Taxis Isle Of Wight can take you, Follow in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s footsteps and take a hike across the glorious rolling downs towards the western tip of the Island. You can walk the Tennyson trail and see exactly why he adored the Island so much – although rumour has it he escaped during the very busy summer months. It’s now owned by the National Trust and although we love it for the gorgeous views of the iconic Needles rock stacks framed against a forever changing sea and sky, it’s also interesting to military history buffs. Not very long ago the whole site was a super top secret military rocket testing site, that wasn’t shut down until 1971. You can see the Old Battery and the New Battery, giving a fascinating glimpse into the past. You’ll also find the famous The Needles Landmark Attraction nearby, well worth a visit with the kids in tow.
4) Brading Down viewpoint
Lying to the east of the central chalk ridge of the Island and to the west of the town itself, Brading Down is part of our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And for very good reason. It has to be one of our most popular sites for walking, exploring and enjoying the good old outdoors. Brading Down Nature Reserve is host to loads of different plants and animals and the panoramic views are stunning. Managed by Gift to Nature, it’s the perfect viewpoint for visitors to the eastern side of the Island. You can see Brading Roman Villa from the viewpoint, giving an extra historically significant feeling to the ground you’re walking.
5) 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. We’re not quite sure if the views gave Charles 1 such a boost when he was imprisoned here mind you… It’s owned and run by English Heritage and is a fascinating foray into a world that’s now long gone, complete with a donkey powered water wheel (don’t worry, they only do it for five minutes to show off these days). 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!
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