About 44 minutes from park
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Go of the beaten track on the Isle of Wight, with a visit to the quiet and pristine beach at Colwell bay. Sandwiched between Totland and Norton Green, this sandy stretch on the island’s west coast is the perfect spot for a seaside picnic, sandcastle building session or even a refreshing dip in the calm and clear waters of The Solent.
As well as feeling the sand between your toes and paddling in the shallows, visits to Colwell Bay offer up plenty of opportunities to enjoy fun water sports such as canoeing, windsurfing and jet-skiing. The entire bay at Colwell looks out across the Solent and provides panoramic vistas of Hurst Castle on the mainland. You can settle down right on the sand or rent traditional deck chairs from a beach vendor during the peak summer months. The bay is sheltered enough for swimming (although you may want to wear a wetsuit), plus you’ll find rock pools perfect for curious kids who are keen to learn all about the local marine life. Visiting on a cooler day? Take a stroll down the promenade which links Colwell Bay to Totland Bay to the south. You’ll pass colourful beach huts and enjoy fantastic views of the ocean. From October to April, you can even bring your dog along, too! If you fancy trying some fresh seafood, head to The Hut Colwell Bay. It’s a bistro-style restaurant with views across the bay and it serves up delicious homemade dishes made from locally sourced produce from both the sea and the land. There’s also a beach shop nearer the carpark where you can pick up everything from postcards to ice creams!
Colwell Bay is positioned in West Wight and about half an hour by road from Newport. To get there, you’ll want to head southwest towards Carisbrooke Castle and then north through Gunville to join onto the A3054 to Yarmouth. Once you reach Yarmouth, continue past the town on the A3054. After about five minutes, you’ll pass through Norton Green. Look out for Colwell Chine Road on your right-hand side – Colwell Bay and its car park are at the end of it.
Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big