Outdoor activities on the Isle of Wight
With 57 miles of gorgeous coastline, a leggy 500 miles of walking routes, and the space to truly switch off and enjoy fields, forests, chalk downs and sea views, it’s easy to see why the island’s pull is as strong now as it’s ever been.
PO33 1JAPicture a traditional pleasure beach – that’s exactly what you’ll find at Ryde. Soft sand, a boating lake with swan pedalos, a classic amusement arcade and, of course, good old fish and chips, all with a panoramic view of Portsmouth.
One of the isle’s most popular tourist resorts, Sandown features miles of golden sands and a pleasure pier full of traditional arcade games, ice cream vendors, and the sound of the waves lapping gently beneath the wooden boardwalk.
10-min drive from Bembridge Coast / 39-min drive from Norton Grange
Compton Beach stretches over two miles flanked by sandstone cliffs in a patchwork of colours and ends with Freshwater’s famous white chalk cliffs. The steps to the beach are a little steep, but the chance to take a guided walk through actual dinosaur footprints might just be worth the trek.
12-min drive from Norton Grange / 46-min drive from Bembridge Coast
West Wight’s famous pebbly beach might be a bit unsteady underfoot, but daily guided tours of the old pirate caves bring alive the unique history of the Isle of Wight like nowhere else. There’s also a range of cafes, bars, and tea rooms to enjoy while you’re there.
8-min drive from Norton Grange / 44-min drive from Bembridge Coast
14-min drive from Norton Grange / 58-min drive from Bembridge Coast
Perhaps the most postcard-friendly picture on the Isle of Wight, the chalky outcrop is just the tip of the iceberg for this iconic landmark. There’s also a chairlift ride with panoramic views of the area, glass makers, sweet makers, and a sand shop.
Don't miss The Needles Old Battery Victorian fort and New Battery rocket testing station. Both of these National Trust Properties sit high above the Needles, providing a birds-eye view of the Solent and unspoilt countryside.
In our grounds and gardens
Walled gardenAt Bembridge Coast
This pristine lawn area comes with a feature pond and a wide array of seasonal plants so no two seasons look the same. Just about the only thing that doesn’t change is our ornamental viewing tower, but whenever you visit you’ll be able to enjoy a tranquil sit down.
SeafrontAt Bembridge Coast
We’re so lucky to have the sun glinting off the solent just a stone’s throw from our doors, and our pebbly beach enjoys a cool sea breeze – alternatively you can enjoy a different kind of sea breeze (other cocktails are available) on our patio area.
Wooded areaAt Bembridge Coast
You’re not the only ones enjoying a retreat at Bembridge Coast ¬– our native red squirrels are often seen relaxing in the cool shade of our Monterey pines as well. Keep an eye out for them, woodpeckers, and some of our other animal friends on this flat, easy walk.
The AviaryAt Norton Grange
Unique to Norton Grange, a wide range of colourful and tuneful birds flitter about the aviary all year long. With doves, parrots, canaries and quails all flying (or walking) around their little birdy paradise, this labour of love from the hotel grounds team is mostly upcycled from litter.
The AvenueAt Norton Grange
The gardens are filled with thrown-away items that have been cleverly repurposed into benches, planters, and even modern art. Filled with flowers and plants, the sights and smells of The Avenue differ every day.
The CottageAt Norton Grange
Nestled within our grounds is a quaint little cottage surrounded by well-stocked planters and peaceful water features. Just like everything else in Norton Grange, plenty of hidden surprises await you.