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.
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