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Shanklin Chine, Shanklin

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Wildlife Area
The wooded coastal ravine of Shanklin Chine sits as the Isle of Wight's mini-Shangri La. Start your visit at the heritage center, where you can learn about the site's natural history. Embark on one of the trails and amble past waterfalls, lush vegetation, and towering trees. The chine drops 32 m (102 ft) to the sea over the course of 0.4 km (0.25 mi). Keep your camera ready, because you might spot gray chipmunks, parrots, Asian blue quails, and Chinese golden pheasants. With entrances and exits at both ends, you can walk either up or down. A fisherman's cottage sits at the bottom, though, and a home-cooked meal with a locally brewed ale on the sundeck makes a fine way to top off your visit. To visit Shanklin Chine on your holiday in Shanklin, and find out what else Shanklin has to offer, use our Shanklin vacation route planner.
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  • Overrated and expensive . The most interesting part was the video about P.l.u.t.o At one who does a lot of climbing this was just another little climb at great cost  more »
  • It does not take that long to walk, but beautiful anyway.. The history was interesting. Staff really pleasant. We entered from the top entrance walked down then spent some time on the beach then walke...  more »
  • One of my favourites when visiting Shanklin lovely woodland setting with lovely streams ponds and waterfall, must see at night when lit up with coloured lights it's just breathtaking, also have cream ...  more »
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  • Shanklin Chine was a very disappointing visit for us, we should have felt the foreshadowing when we spoke to the ticket booth attendant. She was uninterested and offered no information or greeting at all. We asked about the light show in the evening, to be told "It's not on". No explanation, we found out later that it's closed for a month as standard, although why that is, who knows. The chine itself was very underwhelming, the waterfall was little more than a light stream and we found out that it had been artificially raised. We spent less than an hour there in total, even with a slow walk and looking at everything. This was not worth the money we paid in any way, I'm genuinely wondering how they can charge to look at what's essentially a small, overgrown valley with a few exotic plants. 2 stars though because the parrot meowed at us, so we got a laugh from that.
  • I come back every time I am in Shanklin. A steep gully with its own microclimate, a very pleasant way to get down to the beach from Old Shanklin. Plenty of greenery, and with a secluded atmosphere. Waterfall at the top end, café and bird collection at the bottom end.
  • First visit this evening with family including 5 grandchildren. They thought it was magical and just long enough for little legs. Great evening had by all.
  • It's one of them places where you feel it would be more romantic than a family day out it's a small little reserve. For you couples out try visit on an evening when the lights make the whole experience a little nicer. During the day it's still a nice experience but not it's best.
  • A peaceful walk through a beautiful landscape. We bought the £5 ticket allowing us a second access at night when the lights were on. Also enjoyed the rescue birds and informative displays on route.