Steephill Cove is one of the island’s best kept secrets, accessible only by foot (or boat!). Either take the steps or the slope to descend to the beach passing the back gardens of the hand-full of homes situated right on the beach – the gardens have plants, shrubs and trees often grown in warmer climates.
The beach – a wide, deep strip of sand, edged with rock pools, the individual houses, gardens with agapanthus, hydrangeas and exotic palms, and the beach dotted with bright, stripy deck-chairs appears in front of you . At low tide there is the lagoon – a safe haven for rock-pooling and paddling.
Three cafes, a restaurant and the much needed public toilets can be found dotted along the front, providing all the needs for a day at the beach.
Steephill Cove has been in existence for a long time – an original thatched cottage stands at the centre and the Wheeler family still fish from the beach as their ancestors have over the last 500 years. The catch can be purchased, freshly caught and cooked on the same day, for your enjoyment at the café or restaurant!
Steephill Cove is the ideal place for families, indeed for all ages, and enjoys the special micro-climate that is unique to this part of the Isle of Wight.