Alum Bay, Isle of Wight
Alum Bay beach is one of the most picturesque beaches on the Isle of Wight. Known for its colourful sands, which are often sold in glass vessels around the Island this mainly shingle beach is a must for all age groups as there is so much to see and do. Located at the westerly tip of the Island and famed for its iconic chalk stacks known as The Needles.
The crystal clear waters are a favourite for local swimmers and perfect for the children to paddle. Enjoy watching the boats moor in the bay during the day and take a trip out to view the famous Needles and lighthouse from here.
Above Alum Bay is The Needles Park where you will find a range of attractions, catering facilities, a fully licensed tea room, retail shops and not to forget the Sand shop where you can fill your own shape with a choice of the Alum Bay sands! From the park you can descend down to the beach via the steps or ride the chairlift down in style.
Fossil Hunters:From the beach access point, when facing out to sea, fossils can be found in both directions. For much of the year access to the cliff base is restricted in order to protect the cliff from over enthusiastic fossil hunters. Please observe these restrictions and remember that this is an fragile, beautiful stretch of coast enjoyed by many.The best place to search for fossils is at the most southern side of the bay where the clay is slumping onto the foreshore and many fossils can be found on its surface; it’s possible to simply pluck some small specimens from the clay.
There is a large car park at the Needles park or for those not wanting to drive the No 7 bus runs every 30 minutes from Newport or hop on the Island Breezer to view this beach and the other sites along the stunning West coast.