Steephill Cove Beach

Steephill Cove Beach

Last Updated on April 3, 2024 by Suzy McCullough

Steephill Cove on the Isle of Wight is a beautiful unspoilt little cove backing onto a charming esplanade lined with a cluster of cottages and holiday lets. Lobster pots and fishing nets adorn the pathway reflecting the cove’s fishing origins.

This idyllic cove is a sand and shingle beach and is good for swimming and rock pooling. The best time to go is at low tide because the sea comes right up to the sea wall at high tide and the beach disappears entirely.

Fresh fish and seafood are served at the Boathouse Seafood restaurant. For something more casual buy a freshly made crab pasty at the Crab Shack. For coffee, snacks and ice cream visit Cove Coffee Shop. There are public toilets at Steephill Cove, deck chair hire, and a slipway. Dogs are welcome on leads until 6 pm when they can run free.

Steephill Cove is only accessible on foot. There’s parking on Steephill Road and a 10-minute walk down a steep incline to the cove. It’s a lot harder going back up! Alternatively, park at Ventor and take in the stunning scenery along the coast path which runs for about a mile.

Guest Post with thanks to The Travelbunny – why not read her article on more things to do in the Isle of Wight?

Further Information Steephill Cove Beach

Is there food and drink available?

There are places where you can purchase food and drinks.

What are the main things to do?

This idyllic cove is a sand and shingle beach and is good for swimming and rock pooling.

Is there parking?

There is parking a short walk away.

Dog friendly?

Please pop a lead on your dog between 1st May and 1st October before 9.30 am and 5.30 pm (after that they can romp and buzz free, ly off the lead).

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