Where to picnic on the Isle of Wight

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A poll recently rated Tennyson Down as the fourth best place in Britain to have a picnic and what could be better than having a picnic with great views all around? On the Isle of Wight, we have perfect places to do just that.

 

Picnic on high
With views of the Needles, Compton Bay and over the water to Dorset, Tennyson  Down is a great place to picnic.

Other excellent high chalk ridges are Mottistone Down, with the south west coast to see, and Chillerton Down, with rolling fields stretching towards the coast.

The highest point on the Island is Luccombe Down, overlooking Sandown Bay; access is easy - by car past the Ventnor Radar Station.

From Culver Down there are wide views along the West Sussex coast - even Chichester can be seen on a clear day.

Picnic with pepper and salt
It's a short but steep climb to the Pepperpot on top of St Catherine’s Down. The ‘saltpot’ is in the next field.

From there, you can see for miles in all directions. There's also a wonderful grassy stroll along the top of the ridge to the Hoy Monument.

Picnic in a garden or by the sea
Mottistone Manor Garden
has an area set aside for picnics with fine views over the gardens to the manor house. Refreshments are available.

St Helens Duver is easily accessible. It has plenty of open grassland and sand dunes in which to sit and relax in the afternoon sun.

The beaches at Compton Bay and Nodes Point near St Helens Duver are always popular.

  • We hope you have a wonderful picnic. Please remember to take litter home with you when leave the site.