The Island is host to lots of well-known villages, beaches, attractions and events, but there are still some places that even some locals have yet to visit. Take a look at our pick of secret spots on the Isle of Wight and see how many you have found and which ones to add to the must-visit list…

Headon Warren view, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Natural Beauty

Headon Warren

Enjoy a walk up Headon Warren to experience breathtaking 360-degree views out over The Needles, towards Hurst Castle, Tennyson Monument and more. You’ll discover a Bronze Age burial mound at the summit and also the foundations of Hatherwood Battery, a former fire command station. If you’re visiting in Autumn, you’ll be treated to a beautiful display of the heather glowing a gorgeous purple haze. Spot a Dartford Warbler if you’re lucky - these rare birds love to nest here.

Freshwater Bay Caves

If you’re feeling adventurous, discovering the hidden caves at Freshwater Bay is a great way to spend some time. Visible only at low tide, if you’re confident on the water, you can reach these caves by swimming or paddleboarding. Book a session with local esports iSurf who offer coasteering for ages 12 and over - you’ll be sea swimming along the cliff line around the headlands, scrambling across the rocks, discovering the caves and using the cliffs for jumps!

Off the Beaten Path

Firestone Copse

Noted for its wide-ranging tree species, Firestone Copse is a space to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and tranquillity within the forest. Meander along the paths that run alongside Wootton Creek, with the rich woodland providing cool in the warmer months and much needed cover in the winter. There is an accessible path for wheelchair users and you might be lucky enough to visit on the occasion when there is an excellent coffee van in the carpark too.

Newtown Creek

Hidden within Newtown National Nature Reserve is Newtown Creek, an unspoilt flooded river valley with many tributaries leading to flower-rich meadows and ancient woodlands. Managed by the National Trust, the undeveloped creek includes areas of rare saltmarsh and is a haven for wildlife. Many nesting birds benefit from this quiet, undisturbed habitat in Spring and the area comes alive with wintering birds later in the year. A peaceful retreat for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts, experienced canoeists can also enjoy the beautiful surroundings from the water (please follow National Trust guidance). Subject to the tides, the creek is constantly changing and offers something new at each visit.

Newtown Nature Reserve, Isle of Wight

Hidden Gems

Binnel Bay

This almost secret beach is set on the south coast of the Island, near to Ventnor. Rugged cliffs give way to a little cove that you can often have all to yourself. It’s certainly not the easiest to access (think clambering down rocks!) but that only seems to add to the fun. When the tide is low, look out for an old wall that appears to rise from the sea which is believed to have been the start of an Esplanade to rival nearby Ventnor. Binnel Bay is also the name of a popular song by local Isle of Wight band, The Bees. 

The Dragon Tree

Laying across the Buddle Brook in Brighstone (a bit of a tongue twister!) The Dragon Tree is a huge oak tree that rather than growing up, has grown sideways for years, creating a unique, twisting trunk. Local legend has it that a crusader fought a dragon who was reining terror on the village, and upon being defeted, the dragon turned to wood and took root! You’ll find it off a footpath on New Road.

Unique Experiences

The True Food Kitchen at Castlehaven

Sat on top of a cliff on the southerly side of the Island, this al-fresco restaurant has views and flavours to die for! Making the most of the unique microclimate, the menu mirrors the location. Here you can enjoy locally caught seafood, mineral packed plant-based dishes and flavours designed to transport your senses. It’s not the easiest to get to, but the walk from St Catherine’s Road above offers stunning views and also a way to walk it off after a bit of over-indulgence! Please note this venue is only open during the summer months, please check opening times before travel.

Black Rock Charters

Not so much a secret place itself, Black Rock Charters will take you to all the secret fishing spots in the western shores. You can choose from mackerel fishing trips in the summer months, half day fishing trips all year round and even a Needles Pleasure Cruise which offers a 90 minute cruise to the iconic landmark and back. The boat has wheelchair access too, making it the prefect day out to take in some secret spots. 

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