Following the sun to find a perfect sunset is one of the most popular pastimes on the Isle of Wight. Here Van Life Matters takes a look at some of the best places to see a sunset on the Isle of Wight.
Home to a Bronze Age burial mound, blazing purple heather and stunning views out across The Needles and towards Hurst Point, it is easy to see why Headon Warren, managed by the National Trust, is a popular spot to watch the sun go down.
Take a picnic and sit on top of the old Hatherwood Battery for a view that money simply can’t buy.
You can get to Alum Bay either by chairlift from The Needles Landmark Attraction, or you can walk down several flights of wooden steps, so this location isn’t recommended for those with mobility issues.
If you can make it down, you’ll be treated to an iconic Island location, with The Needles in front of you and the coloured sands of Alum Bay in the cliffs behind you.
Be sure to check the tides and operational times of the chair lift before visiting.
This beautifully restored Grade II listed pier, dating from 1876, is the perfect spot to watch the boats go by on the water of The Solent, but is also a great place to stop and wait for gorgeous skies of orange, red and pink.
Part of Yarmouth Town Conservation Area, it is looked after by Yarmouth Harbour Commission and there is a small toll to enter – we promise the view is worth it.
Totland Bay & Colwell Bay
One of the last spots to watch the sun before it dips below the horizon is the promenade that links Colwell and Totland Bay.
Park at Colwell and walk west towards Totland with the sun ahead of you, and you will be gifted with a blazing sky the whole way.
Stop at the end and grab a drink or a bite to eat at The Waterfront in Totland where you can watch the sky from the panoramic windows before heading back along the cliff top for a different perspective.
If you find yourself on the north of the Island, you’ll notice that Gurnard is a very popular spot to watch the sunset, with good reason too.
Sit on the green and let the skies do their magic as the wooden beach huts, sailors and kayakers become silhouettes against a fiery sky
To watch it a bit longer, head up the hill to The Woodvale pub where the elevated position adds a few precious minutes.
Ventnor & Steephill Cove
Take a walk along Ventnor Esplanade as the sun begins to set creates dramatic silhouettes of the ‘Back of the Wight’ coastline as it stretches out west.
Follow the promenade and you’ll wander along the cliff path through Flowersbrook and into Steephill Cove which is a really pretty, and usually quiet, spot to watch the sunset.
Catch an earlier sunset at Compton Bay before it disappears further west to Totland.
Take a drive along the famous Military Road heading west and you really will feel like you are chasing the sun.
You can enjoy the miles of golden sands that stretch from Brook Bay to Compton.
Dogs are allowed the full stretch of the beach in the winter time, and you might even catch the National Trust van serving up a warming cuppa whilst you wait for the sun to go down.
Although in the east of the Island, Bembridge still gets treated to some pretty special sunsets as well as sunrises.
A great place to watch is at The Duver, as sand dunes and heathland open out towards the harbour, where the moored yachts look beautiful against a backlit sky.
Take a picnic and sit amongst the dunes, or walk around the harbour to see what wildlife you can spot as the dusk sets in.
Pure golden sand for miles, Appley Beach in Ryde is a well-trodden spot for families and dog walks of an evening.
Known as the ‘Garden Walk’, this flat route is perfect for buggies and wheelchair users.
You can’t miss the dramatic Appley Tower which is nearly 150 years old and is due to reopen in 2024 as an Art Gallery after extensive restoration works.
The view on top of Culver Down is worth it no matter what the sky is doing, but on a blazing sunset evening, it’s truly glorious.
Watch the sun blaze across the sky from Bembridge and Whitecliff Bay and then as it continues it’s journey across Sandown and towards Ventnor before dipping below the horizon in the west.