A must when visiting the Isle of Wight – The Needles have become world famous and are a natural feature where the sea and elements erode the chalk leaving the towering white stacks. They’re the Isle of Wight’s furthest point west and at the far end you’ll see an imposing red and white lighthouse which warns sailors of the treacherous waters below. It’s quite a steep climb getting there but you’ll be rewarded by the most breathtaking views – there’s also the Needles Battery Café which serves a great choice of cakes and is always good for a well earned cup of tea.
At the land side of The Needles is Alum Bay, which is noted for coloured sands that are layered in glass ornaments as a memento of the Island. There is also the Needles Landmark Attraction, which has so much to see and do. There’s a chair lift down the cliffs to Alum Bay – were you can go for a swim or walk along the sandy beach.
You can walk to the Needles from The George along the embankment, then up onto Tennyson Down – the coastline here is dramatic and views magnificent. It’s about 6 miles so a great workout too! At the other end you can either catch the open top bus back to Yarmouth or walk back along the stunning coastal path.
If you choose to walk, the coastal path goes right past the legendary Hut at Colwell Bay (beachside restaurant). Great pit stop for a light bite or a beer!