Our guide to Seaview holidays
Park your car on Duver Road and then you have a dilemma; should I go to the beautiful sand and pebble beach in front of the sea wall or cross the road to the Hersey Nature Reserve? If your choice is the latter, then just follow the pathway and enjoy the absolute peace and tranquillity this little hidden jewel brings. If you're lucky, you'll see egrets, coots, greenfinches and many other birds as well as a cheeky rabbit or two. There's a hide on the reserve too, so if you would like to spend time birdwatching during your Seaview holiday, this is the place to go.
Places to visit in Seaview
Across the road is a glorious stretch of award-winning Springvale beach. Although both sand and pebbles cover the beach, it's a pleasant place for an afternoon, with the atmosphere of a good old fashioned beach - and it’s great for swimming too. The beach is very easy to get to as you can park immediately behind it, or use the number 8 bus or ride a cycle or even walk. From Springvale beach you can see across the Solent and spy the mid-channel forts or the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.
At the end of Springvale beach you'll find Seaview village proper and here is where you will find the Seaview Yacht Club. There are a few bench seats here where you can just sit and watch the Solent with the boats coming and going. Seaview is a very active place for sailing so there is always something to see on the water. This is another fabulous place to sit and watch the Round-the-Island-Race. Along the Esplanade is a pleasant stroll with wooden benches to sit.
There is access to the beach at the far end of Pier Road but you would do better to go to the other side of Seaview and onto Fernclose Road. Follow the signs on foot and you find the pretty little Seagrove Bay. A little off the beaten track but worth the effort to get there, Seagrove Bay is sandy and quiet. You can walk to the bend and find yourself next door in Priory Bay. There is a sea wall too but do be aware that the tide comes right up to the wall at high tide.
If you fancy a bite to eat then the place to go is Seaview Bistro. It’s on the High Street and - when you taste the food - we promise you won’t worry that you can’t see the sea. The steaks here always seem to be cooked to perfection, the home made pizza is wonderful and, if you are staying in the Seaview area, they also offer a pizza delivery service.
Alternatively, you could try the Old Fort restaurant just around the bend from the Yacht Club. If you get a window table then you also get one of the best sea views on the Isle of Wight. The food is good and there is plenty of it, plus they are also dog friendly. There are a few outside tables too where you can see the Solent forts. It’s a lovely place to watch the sunset on a summers evening.
Things to do in Seaview
Just outside Seaview is Puckpool Park which is situated right behind the beach and has enough to keep everyone entertained. Puckpool Park was a Victorian fort now housing two tennis courts, a 12- hole mini golf course, swings and an 18- hole putting green. The children will enjoy exploring the gun emplacements while adults sit and admire the very pretty gardens in the shade of the mature trees. Dogs are welcome in Puckpool Park as well. Parking is via a pay and display car park and there is a cafe at either end of the park.