Gurnard Beach is a quaint traditional, pebble and shingle beach, within walking distance of Cowes on the north west coast of the Isle of Wight, with great views across the Solent, and some of the best sunsets you are likely to find!
It is bordered by attractive, municipally owned beach huts, mainly painted green, on its sea wall that are leased locally. Behind the beach huts is a large sloped green with children's playground area.
At the eastern end of the seafront is a popular cafe and restaurant, with a window ice cream service to those using the beach. Here too sits Gurnard Sailing Club where you can become a visiting member for the summer months. Sailing and watersports are popular pastimes at this beach, especially between here and Gurnard Marsh, the next seafront hamlet to the east.
It's fun to bathe here when large ships are passing as the wash from their displacement in the water can make large waves on the beach. Keep an eye on little ones however, in case it catches them out!
You have to walk or drive (or cycle) from Cowes as there is currently no bus servicing Gurnard seafront, but it's not too far – a 15 minute walk at best.
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|Open (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|