The Island's landscape and coastline offer fantastic experiences of dramatic cliffs, long and hidden beaches, quiet estuaries which are a haven for wildlife, gently rolling patchwork fields with secret woodlands, open chalk downs and stunning views across the Island's countryside and coast.
In 1963 half the Isle of Wight was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
This was undertaken to ensure that one of England’s finest landscapes is conserved and enhanced for future generations to enjoy.
In 1974 the North East coast of the Isle of Wight was recognised for its unspoilt natural beauty of soft cliffs, woodlands, farmland and creeks and was defined as the Hamstead Heritage Coast.
The South East coast of unspoilt chalk cliffs and downs, chalk grasslands, sandstone cliffs and patchwork fields were defined as the Tennyson Heritage Coast.