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Shanklin Chine, Shanklin

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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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  • Enjoyed visit, doesn't take long to walk around (approximately half an hour) but is very picturesque and peaceful. Plenty of places to sit and enjoy the chine and no time limit to be there.  more »
  • This is quite a little treasure on the heart of Shanklin. Its a must visit if you are in this area, but just be sure the weather is good enough. We were grateful for a wonderful weather so it was amaz...  more »
  • Lovely natural preservation area with a quaint tea room and gift shop. A pleasant way to spend an hour or two walking through the lush vegetation to the sounds of birds and waterfalls. Lots of little ...  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.