West Wight Beaches

Isle of Wight beaches in West Wight

Isle of Wight beaches in West Wight include Freshwater Bay, Alum Bay, Atherfield Bay, Brook Bay, Colwell Bay, Compton Bay  and Totland Bay.

The sand and shingle beach at Freshwater Bay also attracts swimmers and has a dog-free area in summer. There are car parks, toilets, cliff-top walks and cafes.

Colwell Bay is a small sandy beach with views across the Solent to Hurst Castle. There are beach huts, public toilets, parking, restaurant and a cafe. Colwell is popular with young families and SUPers.

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A walk along the promenade brings you to Totland Bay. This also attracts children with their buckets and spades. There is parking, a beachside restaurant, toilets, and a cafe by the private pier. Both beaches are popular for swimming. Local regulations specify that there should be no dogs on the beach between 1 May and 30 October.

Alum Bay, backed by the coloured sands of the cliffs, is accessed by chair-lift from Needles Park with its parking, toilets, cafe and shops.
Compton Bay, below the Military Road east of Freshwater Bay, is popular with surfers. There is a National Trust car park with toilets at Hanover Point. There is another car park at Brook Chine for Brook Bay. Farther east at Atherfield Bay things start to get quieter with long stretches of sand.