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Top 10 Picnic Spots

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Top 10 Picnic Spots

There are so many beautiful spots on the Island to relax and enjoy a picnic, that it’s hard to pick our definitive top 10 but we gave it a good go! Here (in no particular order) are the Taste HQ’s favourite places to head for when the weather is good with a basket of food and a tipple or two…

#1 Culver Down

The views here are spectacular and you can even see as far as Chichester on a clear day.

#2 Compton Bay

Possibly the Island’s best-loved beach, the warm reddish-brown sands make it the perfect spot for a picnic – just don’t leave anything in the car as it’s a bit of a hike back.

#3 Brighstone Forest

This is a great spot when the weather is a bit iffy, thanks to the shelter of the trees. Kids can make a fort, dogs can run about and parents can chill.

#4 The Green at Gurnard

Sit here and watch the local sailing club zipping around and during the summer months, spot yachts and catamarans in the water for the many regattas.

#5 Brading Down

The favourite haunt of many a ‘sit in your car with a sandwich’-style lunch, Brading Down provides a spectacular vista. On summer days, there is normally an ice cream van for afters too.

#6 Red Cliff, Yaverland

If you fancy a BBQ on the beach, this is a great spot when the tide is out and the Isle of Wight Council does allow BBQs here.

#7 Blackgang Viewpoint

If you don’t fancy sitting on a blanket on the ground, grab one of the picnic benches here and if you are lucky, the Chale Farm locally-made ice cream van is here most of the time!

#8 St Helens Duver

A great spot for the whole family, explore the pretty sand dunes and the beach plus there are plenty of amenities nearby.

#9 Mottistone Gardens

Managed by the National Trust, combine a visit to Mottistone Gardens with a family picnic in the warm and sheltered gardens. The plants, flowers and wildlife are a sight to behold – look out for the green tiger beetle who shines like a jewel.

#10 Devils Chimney

Halfway between Shanklin and Ventnor, at the top of the ‘chimney’ is a small wild flower meadow complete with picnic benches. Rest your legs after exploring the surrounding area in this sheltered suntrap.

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