We all have our favourite little spot on the Isle of Wight, but everyone who visits Steephill Cove agrees that it’s one of the prettiest places on the island. With all the picture postcard charm of an unspoilt corner of rural England, this sandy cove is a nice place for a walk, to explore or just to sit for awhile and enjoy the surroundings.
Colourful deckchairs flutter in the breeze, whitewashed cottages overlook the beach and as there’s no access to the sand by road this is a walkers’ haven. If you’re looking for somewhere peaceful to wander where you can stop for a lunch of freshly-caught crab then it’s got to be Steephill Cove.
Some of the island’s best coastal walks start close to the cove, and if you walk to the Needles from the cove you’ll pass through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you head north you’ll be able to wander the botanical gardens which are home to a collection of rare plants from all over the globe.
Ventnor is just a short walk along the cliffs to the east, and with restaurants, shops and pubs – so once you’ve enjoyed the time out at Steephill Cove you can head in this direction and get back to the real world.