Our guide to Bembridge Holidays
Situated at the most easterly point of the Isle of Wight is the village of Bembridge. From here you can enjoy the old fashioned childhood beaches by following Lane End down to the car park. During the summer months the RNLI gift shop is open and you will see the RNLI boat shed on its pier. The beach is a mix of sand and stones with some great rock pools for the little ones to investigate - but be aware that this beach is mostly covered at high tide.
There are benches beside the car park along with a small lawned area where you can have a picnic or just watch the world go by. Follow the romantically named Fishermans Walk and pick a spot to sit on the grass and just breath in the lovely clean air; the fact that the view is pretty good is a bonus. There is a pathway leading down to the beach at the far end as well where you can wheel a buggy down or even a mobility scooter will manage.
Places to visit in Bembridge
Go to the very end of Forelands Field Road to the shingle car par and follow the stepped path down to the Beach Hut. To say this is a hidden gem is like saying the Sahara is a bit sandy! This is a tiny place, literally a kiosk almost with just a few seats available, mostly outside. But the food is amazing. Lots of seafood, most of which is sourced locally and they cater for gluten-free diets too and they are dog-friendly; can it get any better? Oh yes, they also provide sunscreen or a blanket if it’s a bit chilly!
For the history buff, take time to visit Bembridge windmill. There is a hands-on demonstration so the children to have a go at milling. Outside is a little shop and a few tables should you fancy a rest and an ice cream. The windmill is a national Trust property so the emphasis is on education and history. If the weather is not great you could take a tour of Bembridge Heritage Centre. Entry is free and there is a PLUTO (pipe line under the sea) pump that has been restored alongside various exhibits, maps and scale models pertaining to Bembridge. The Heritage Centre can be found at the back of the library.
Just outside of the actual village is Bembridge and Culver Downs. Here is the place for the walker to spoil themselves! Just past the monument is the Culver Haven Inn and a car park. Walk from here on a circuit taking in the Culver Signal Station and Culver Battery. The road is back from the cliff edge but the views are spectacular. If you can’t manage the walk there is a car park just before the battery.
Along Embankment Road you will be treated to the sight of an assorted mix of houseboats, and as parking in this spot is hard to come by it’s actually a good route for walkers. Take a flask with you as there are a few benches dotted along the way where you can sit and have a breather while enjoying the sights. Just past Bembridge harbour you will come to the Tollgate Cafe. This is a perfect place for a cuppa. Take it outside to one of the picnic tables and just sit and watch the boats come and go while enjoying the peace and sunshine. There are no climbing frames or other childrens amusements here – just a basic uncluttered area that is always a peaceful place to unwind. There is a beach here but you must pay heed to the signs as there is plenty of boat traffic to be wary of.
The Pilot Boat Inn is a very popular destination and, like an awful lot of pubs on the island, it’s also dog-friendly. And the fact that they do a superb crab sandwich here makes it one of our favourites! Although situated on a main road, there is a small terrace outside plus they do have a few parking spaces available, and if you’re cycling, The Pilot Boat has a secure area for you to store your bike. The Pilot Boat hosts many live music nights and adding this to a plate of their great food will make a visit to Bembridge very worthwhile!