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Collwell Bay, Freshwater

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Colwell Bay is a bay in the west of the Isle of Wight. It is located between the towns of Totland and Yarmouth. The bay's northernmost point is Cliff's End (Fort Albert) the closest point of the Island to the British mainland, with Hurst Castle lying at the end of a long peninsula just 1500 metres (a little less than a mile) to the northwest. The southernmost point is Warden Point.Colwell Bay has a popular beach, with two miles of sand and shingle, and facilities including cafes, shops and equipment hire outlets.An area of 13.56 hectares has been notified as a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest, notification originally taking place in 1959. The site is significant for its Eocene geology and maritime vegetated soft cliff habitat.It is the location of three chines: Colwell Chine, Brambles Chine and Linstone Chine.Colwell Bay is on the A3054 road and near the western end of the A3055 road. Public transport to the area is provided by Southern Vectis route 7 and the Needles Tour.
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  • Stayed just up the road from the beach. There is a shop at the entrance to the beach a cafe a bar and also a more expensive restaurant. Superb views from the beach looking over to Hurst Castle and the...  more »
  • A week is not enough on the Isle of Wight! We stayed in a bungalow at Colwell Bay...overlooking the Solent, 100 yards from a child friendly beach...  more »
  • This beach is open partially to dogs so watch for the markings between 1 May to 30 September. There are several place along it to stop for a meal or a drink or a loo stop. Sand at low tide, rockpools,...  more »