Chale is a charming farming community lying at the foot of St Catherine’s Down on the Isle of Wight’s south coast, ideal for visitors wanting a combination of coast and country. The village itself has an award-winning pub/restaurant with a fantastic children’s play area, as well as beautiful coastal and downland treks, particularly to the Pepper Pot, a 35-foot-tall octagonal tower. Built in 1312, this mediaeval lighthouse is thought to be one of the oldest in the United Kingdom. The National Trust acreage surrounding the Pepper Pot is a walker’s and birdwatcher’s dream, with birds visible up close.
Sunsets over The Needles are spectacular.
Nearby, you’ll find some of the island’s most beautiful sandy beaches, ideal for swimming, surfing, and, of course, fossil hunting, where you might even come across a dinosaur footprint or two. Blackgang Chine, the island’s most popular family attraction, is nearby, as is Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s former royal palace. As you tour Victoria and Albert’s nursery and private apartments, you’ll get a glimpse into royal life. The Royal Apartments, which include the opulent drawing and dining rooms, as well as the Indian-inspired Dubar Room, are awe-inspiring. Beautiful grounds with views of the Solent can be explored on foot or by horse-drawn carriage.