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A walk from Ventnor to Steephill Cove

Steephill Cove Isle of Wight PO38 1AF

We say

Accessible only on foot, Steephill Cove is a tiny fishing village hidden below cliffs just west of Ventnor. It's not entirely undiscovered – many of the former fishing villager houses and shacks are now trendy cafés and holiday lets – but it's still an idyllic little spot and a great destination for an easy walk from Ventnor (around a mile with a few ups and downs on the way). The footpath starts alongside the car park above The Crab Inn and skirts low cliffs. The coast is quite eroded in these parts so wooden steps guide you up and round some of the less stable sections, but most of the walk is easy. Once in Steephill Cove, there are places to get a drink or ice cream, and if you still feel energetic you can climb up the paths alongside to Ventnor's Botanical Gardens.

You say Average Rating ★★★★★

A must do ★★★★★

We approached the cove from the Ventnor Botanic Gardens, where you can climb over the boundary fence and then get on the footpath to the Cove. It's a picture perfect little cluster of houses, lobster pots and colourful bouys tumbling down to the seaside. There are several dining options but we headed straight to the Crab Shack where the same family have been fishing for generations. It's really just a cool little shack with outdoor seating where you can choose from the freshest crab sandwiches or pasties, or try mackerel, lobster or a cream cheese sandwich if you have picky kids. Wash it down with a glass of beer or wine, and share a massive slab of Victoria sponge for pud. Walk it off by strolling the rolling mile or so up and down the coast path to the sandy esplanade at Ventnor itself.

A walk from Ventnor to Steephill Cove reviewed by on September 7th, 2012

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