Coast & countryside: Hants and the Isle of Wight

Discover the variety of coast and countryside in Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. See what takes your fancy from our favourites below.

    Mottisfont, near Romsey

    There are many ways to explore the woodland, wetland and farmland that surround the house and garden here at Mottisfont, including guided walks, self-guided trails and cycle routes. Take your pick.

    The Vyne, near Basingstoke

    At The Vyne, you can venture into the woodland or spy on resident wildlife from the wetland nature reserve viewing area. There are marked paths to follow – some short, some long – and it’s ideal for the dog too.

    New Forest Northern Commons

    Find a place of retreat or adventure in this delightful sprawling wilderness that is the New Forest Commons, with its varied landscape of woodland, heathland, mire and grassland.

    At Hale Purlieu there's space to play or picnic. At Bramshaw there are plenty of walks for you and your dog. And at Ibsley and Rockford you'll be inspired by the wild, open scenery.

    West of the Isle of Wight

    Compton Bay

    On the west of the island you'll encounter dramatic clifftop walks across the Needles Headland, the peace and beauty of its only National Nature Reserve, and the open downland of Compton Bay and the much-loved sandy beach below.

    East of the Isle of Wight

    A warm sunset as seen from Bembridge Down

    On the east of the island you'll find many open downland and coastal walks at Bembridge, Culver, St Catherine’s, Ventnor and St Helens. You can explore the rock pools and sand dunes of St Helens too.

    For a notable change of scenery, wander through the ancient woodland and sunny glades of Borthwood.