About 39 minutes from park
3 Chine Ave, Shanklin PO37 6BWVisit Website
Get ready to explore some incredible natural attractions during your holiday on the Isle of Wight, including the mesmerising Shanklin Chine. ‘Chine’ is the local name for a narrow ravine which cuts all the way down to the sea and this one on the outskirts of Shanklin village is truly spectacular. Peaceful and serene, it’s the ideal spot for a quieter day out.
Shanklin Chine is the island’s oldest attraction and has been fascinating visitors ever since 1817. Take a walk through the stunning natural gorge, meandering down lush, green pathways flanked by sheer cliffs and tranquil waterfalls. The top of the gorge is accessed from the idyllic Shanklin Old Village and the trail ends at a sandy beach and spacious esplanade which are particularly special on sunnier days. In addition to enjoying the calm surroundings, you could learn more about the Isle of Wight’s role in WWII at the PLUTO (Pipeline Under the Sea). It’s situated within the Chine and was famously used to transport petrol to France beneath the Channel during the war. Shanklin Chine was also used as a training ground for Royal Marine Commandos and you’ll spot a monument within the gorge commemorating the troops. If you get peckish, tuck into afternoon tea at the venue’s pretty Victorian tearoom or visit Shanklin Chine pub, The Fisherman’s Cottage, which is housed in a charming thatched building overlooking the sea. Holidaying with a four-legged friend? At Shanklin Chine, dogs are welcome if they’re well-behaved and kept on a lead.
You can reach Shanklin Chine from Newport in under half an hour. Jump in your car and take the A3020 south until you reach Blackwater. At the junction, continue straight on the A3056 to Lake. When you reach the T-junction with the A3055/Sandown Road, turn right and drive straight on until you reach Shanklin. Turn left onto Queen’s Road and continue straight on. Next, turn left on to Chine Avenue – the Shanklin Chine car park is at the end of the road. Alternatively, you can hop on the number 2 bus from Newport Bus and Coach Station. The journey to Shanklin takes approximately 30 minutes. Get off at the library stop and then walk down Victoria Avenue to the High Street. Continue south and then turn off on to Chine Avenue.
Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big