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“A lovely find on the walk from Ventnor.”

Steephill Cove Beach
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Ventnor
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Steephill cove is a beautiful Hidden gem. With its ever changing beach of sand, shingle and fantastic rock pools it is no wonder that families return here year after year. Over the years Steephill has become a hot spot to eat as well. With The Boathouse Seafood Restaurant serving wonderful freshly caught Crab and Lobster and The Crab Shed serving fresh crab pasties and to add to that compliment there is Cove Coffee Shop with home made cakes, ice cream and gorgeous goodies to buy along with Hopes Happy Hut for children and The Beach Shack serving fare (all only open during the daytime hours). Steephill can only be reached by foot which adds to its safety and pure Charm... A true gem of old fashioned English seaside. A must visit for anyone on the island!
Reviewed 1 October 2018

We visited Steephill Cove whilst in Ventnor for the day, we had been told of this place whilst looking for a spot to take the grandchildren ‘crabbing’ and decided to park up in the ‘La Falaise’ car park and walk. Fortunately, it was a sunny morning and the walk was quite enjoyable, made better by an impromptu air display by a couple of jets we believe preparing for the Bournemouth air show.
When we arrived at the cove we were stunned by the loveliness of it all, it would appear that you cannot drive here and so makes it a bit of a hidden gem being off the normal tourist trail (we later found that you can park in the Ventnor Botanical Gardens car park for £5 and visit the cove).
The cove is not large but has a semi-circular shoreline surrounding a sandy beach strewn with some large boulders. Fringing the cove is a series of small photogenic building mostly with a business relating to the cove (i.e. boat and wetsuit hire, refreshment and some very nice looking seafood restaurants).
We sat on the beach for a while, the rocks make some good seats and shady areas, whilst the children explored the rock pools in search of crabs. The area was not busy by the standards of the main beaches, and there was quite a relaxed atmosphere to be enjoyed.
There are public toilets at the Lighthouse end of the cove which appear to be provided by the business at the cove and are free to use though and donation is requested to help with their upkeep
A very charming spot, although we did not know it at the time, we would be returning fairly soon as part of a visit to the Botanical Gardens which has access to the coastal path and is not far from here.
Well worth a visit, especially if you combine it with the coastal walk from Ventnor, the whole experience being both very picturesque and photogenic.

Thank Stewart C
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Reviewed 29 September 2018

A really beautiful and photogenic hidden gem, very photogenic and worth the effort to get to it. Crammed full of quirky eateries and little cottages and shacks, perfect for pottering about. You can park at the Botanic Gardens up on the main road (free if you combine it with a visit to the gardens) or walk the steep in places coast path along from Ventnor.

Thank brianandpat2016
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Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

Characterful cove with good places to eat, very picturesque but lovely when you get under the sea- lots of rocks seaweed and fish.

Thank Wobblyturkey
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Reviewed 12 September 2018

This is a little gem during the season but now it is shutting down. Great for a look and a lovely view

Thank 123linny
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Reviewed 9 September 2018

Walked from ventnor along coast path. Beautiful cove which is only accessible on foot. Sel3ction of places to eat or drink and safe beach for children.

Thank Jayne M
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