If you want to experience the Isle of Wight in all the quaint glory that made it popular during the Edwardian period then head to the village of Seaview, and the award-winning Spring Vale Beach in particular. The beach isn’t only one of the finest on the Wight for all the usual fun on the sand but it also enjoys unrivalled sea views across the glistening Solent.
Thanks to a concrete slipway there’s easy access for pushchairs and those in wheelchairs, and with a mixture of sand and pebbles the beach is one of the island’s most popular. Spring Vale is cleared of all litter and seaweed every day during the summer, in fact the seaweed is given to the area’s farmers for use as compost.
The views stretch right across the water to Portsmouth and you’ll even be able to make out the iconic Solent forts. Look out for Puckpool Park just behind the beach as it has everything you need to keep the children entertained when they’re not on the sand – including crazy golf, a playground and tea rooms. The park sits within what was once a dramatic Victorian battery, so it has character as well as plenty to entertain.
Spring Vale is not one of the island’s dog friendly beaches.