This is the Isle of Wight’s most southerly beach, sitting in front of a Victorian seaside resort. Terraces planted with sub-tropical ferns and plants decorate the winding road down to the beach. As you’d expect, there are cafes, eateries, pubs and amusement arcades, with a car park and even a paddling pool. The beach huts once had wheels to transport coy bathers into and out of the sea. Ventnor’s bathing water is of an excellent standard. The beach is sandy and there are deckchairs for hire. This is a timepiece, a flavour of the past, but relevant and enjoyable today.
What the beach means to Philip.
The scene at Ventnor.