Walking the Isle of Wight isn’t all about long hilly hikes, there are plenty of beautiful open spaces that suit those days when you want to let the dog explore ahead of you while you have a wander and enjoy the scenery – and one of them is Helen’s Duver.
These fluffy sand dunes have a royal history that might surprise you as they were once part of a Victorian golf course with royal patronage.These days you’ll see families heading for the sand and walkers strolling the woodland footpaths behind, but in its day this area was visited by the rich, famous and royal thanks to the golf course.
The car park close to the Duver means you won’t have to trek to reach the beauty spot and once there you’ll be able to admire the views across Bembridge harbour.
The beach here can get quite crowded during the summer, but if you make your way along the shore for awhile you’ll find more space if you want to relax on the sand. The Duver is popular with wildlife lovers as you never quite know what you’ll see there and the view over the harbour means this is a prime spot for spotting water birds.