The Isle of Wight’s Coastal Path doesn’t disappoint when it comes to stunning sea views.

Whether you arrive on the Island via Yarmouth, Cowes, East Cowes, Fishbourne or Ryde, it won’t be long before you spot one of the blue Coastal Path signs and find yourself following it to the next one, then the next one, and maybe even the one after that.

And if the linear nature of the Coastal Path is the main reason for your trip, the chances are you’ll want to stay somewhere close to the route. Here are ten places you can book a bed for the night without straying too far from those glorious sea views.
 

  1. Mulberry Cottage, Cowes

With its desirable seafront position and its welcoming living area, Mulberry Cottage is a hidden gem in the sailing town of Cowes. The Coastal Path stretches along the esplanade right in front of this cottage so there is no excuse not to explore! Head west towards Gurnard or venture east and cross the floating bridge to East Cowes.

  1. Waterfront Retreat, Yarmouth

The clue’s in the name for this beautifully designed annexe. Looking directly across the Solent towards Lymington, Waterfront Retreat is modern, comfortable and it couldn’t be closer to the Island’s Coastal Path. The calming décor of the annexe is guaranteed to make anyone feel relaxed after a day of walking.

  1. The Bay Boutique B&B, Freshwater Bay

Cosy up for the night at The Bay Boutique B&B. This family-run bed and breakfast will provide the perfect end to a day of exploring the West Wight, which boasts some of the Island’s most iconic landmarks including the Needles and the Tennyson Monument.

  1. 2, The Granary, Brighstone

The West Wight Cottages portfolio includes accommodation in Brighstone or a little further inland at Shorwell. The picturesque Brighstone cottage of 2, The Granary dates back to 1700 when it formed part of the town’s mill. At just half a mile from the sea and Coastal Path, staying here will keep you close to those stunning sea views.

  1. 2 Old Park Cottages, St Lawrence

With a typical Victorian cottage layout, 2, Old Park Cottages has a cosy and comfortable sitting room with an open log fire. It was built circa 1855 and was once part of the Twinings Tea family estate. Now there’s a reason to put the kettle on!

  1. The Royal, Ventnor

Regular visitors to the south of the Island will know that Ventnor is notoriously hilly, but a stay at The Royal will place you on the outskirts of the town just a stone’s throw from the flatter esplanade and Coastal Path. Protecting the environment is high on the agenda for this hotel, so don’t be surprised if you’re offered a free cream tea if you’ve opted for a totally car-free holiday.

  1. Garden Isle Hotels, Shanklin

You’ll be spoilt for choice with Garden Isle Hotels as both Luccombe Manor and Luccombe Hall Hotel are perfectly positioned for joining the Coastal Path in Shanklin. You’ll enjoy breath-taking views from the clifftops and if you’re staying at Luccombe Hall, you can indulge in delicious foods served in the on-site restaurant.

  1. Sandown Manor, Sandown

This family-friendly B&B has a range of rooms to choose from and guests can relax in a heated outdoor swimming pool after a long day’s walk. Sandown Manor is ideal for joining the Coastal Path at Yaverland - you could even pop into the Isle of Wight Zoo or challenge your friends to a round of crazy golf.

  1. Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, Bembridge

If you’re looking for somewhere that will entertain the kids as well as being somewhere close to the Coastal Path, look no further than Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park in Bembridge. This popular resort has indoor and outdoor swimming pools and plenty of daytime activities for children when you want to put your feet up.

  1. Dorset House Hotel, Ryde

Situated just a few minutes’ walk from Ryde Esplanade and the town’s sandy beach, Dorset House Hotel is ideal for picking up the Coastal Path from this unique town. The hotel has a range of rooms to choose from and the friendly staff will go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

With the Isle of Wight Walking Festival just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning your car-free trip to the Island. Dust off those walking boots, tie up those laces and come and say hello!

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