Bembridge & St Helens Beach information

In common with many island beaches at high tide there may be little or no beach, but this is probably an ideal time to venture into the water for swimming. As the tide recedes large expanses of beach are exposed.

St Helens Duver

Easily accessible beach, with great views out across the bay.

St Helens Duver Beach

Facilities: Pay-and-Display car park, toilets, café.

Bembridge Point

Some beach remains even at the highest tide.  At low water a large extent of flat sandy beach makes this an ideal beach to visit.

Bembridge Point beach

Note: do not swim in the entrance channel to the harbour, since currents can be strong and there are many boats entering and exiting the harbour.

Facilities: Car park (fees apply), café and toilets (near the pub).

Under Tyne

This is the part of the shoreline between Point Beach and the Lifeboat station, and is a good flat sandy beach, although almost all is covered at high tide.  The beach can be accessed by footpaths at the end of Ducie Avenue and Swains Road, and from either Point Beach, or Forelands.

At low tide, at the edge of the beach, part of a rocky ledge is exposed, which can be slippery, but makes an ideal place for rock pooling.

FORELANDS

The shoreline between the Lifeboat station and Whitecliff Bay is the easternmost part of the Isle of Wight, and is a good flat sandy beach, although most is covered at high tide.  The beach can be accessed by footpaths at the end of Beachfield Road and Forelands Field Road, and from the car park at the end of Lane End Road.

At low tide, at the edge of the beach, Bembridge Ledge is exposed, which can be slippery, but makes an ideal place for rock pooling.

Facilities: Pay-and-Display car park, toilets (both by Lifeboat pier),

Whitecliff Bay

A nice sandy beach with the imposing views of Culver Cliff at the southern edge. Accessed by steep inclines from the paths above the beach.

Note, at low tide you might be tempted to walk round the edge of Culver Cliff.  Do not do this.  The RNLI and Coastguards have to rescue many people who have been trapped by the rising tides, please don’t become a victim of your own stupidity!

Facilities: café in summer