The Isle of Wight is full of miles of stunning coastal paths, countryside walks and beaches that run for miles, with this in mind we thought we’d go through some of our favourite spots to take our four-legged friends. The Island is full of idyllic spots for dogs and dog owners alike from forests to beaches and downs to country trails. After you and your dog are finished with your walk, there are some great places to stop for a bite to eat and drink nearby.
Located in the west wight, Brook beach stretches for over a mile along the Island’s sandy coastline, it’s a popular spot with kite surfers and fossil hunters. The beach is known for its fossils, such as the prehistoric fossilised forest that can be seen at low tide below the cliffs near Hanover Point, as well as dinosaur footprints (Iguanodons to be exact) which can also be spotted along the beach. Brook beach is dog-friendly all year round so can be enjoyed in all weathers, whether it’s by cooling off in the sea in the summer or wrapping up warm and watching the crashing waves in the winter.
Just minutes away from the beach in Hulverstone you can find The Sun Inn, a country 16th century dog friendly free house pub. Live music can be enjoyed every week or, in warmer months, you can make the most of the fantastic views from the garden, looking out over the surrounding countryside and English channel. This pub is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making it a perfect spot for dog walkers, nature lovers or anyone who just wants to get out into the countryside.
The Sun Inn
Red Squirrel Trail
If you are looking for a more flat and accessible place to walk your dog then you should try the Red Squirrel Trail. Named after one of the Island’s most iconic animals which can be spotted while on the trail along with a variety of other animals and plants. The walk passes by Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve where you can stop off and visit the bird hide. The trail follows the old railway line which ran between Newport and Sandown, reminders of this can be seen all along the trail such as some of the old railway bridges.
Along the trail is Pedallers, a cosy dog-friendly cafe, serving a selection of hot and cold food and drink including; breakfasts, baguettes, pastries, cakes, tea or even a cold beer as the cafe is fully licensed. The cafe is worth a visit year-round, with outdoor seating overlooking its wildlife pond for the summer and indoor seating accompanied by a log burning stove for the winter.
St Catherine’s Oratory (The Pepperpot)
Standing above Blackgang Road at one of the highest parts of the Island is St Catherine’s Oratory, known locally as the Pepperpot. The oratory was built in 1328 by a local landowner as a penance for plundering casks of white wine from a nearby shipwreck which was church property. Several walking routes can be found through the farming fields surrounding the Pepperpot, however due to the fields belonging to farms there may be livestock present so dogs should be kept on leads.
In the nearby village of Niton you’ll find the traditional village pub, The White Lion. The pub prides itself on being family orientated and dog-friendly with its beer garden and children’s play area. Open daily from 10am for breakfasts it also serves lunch and main meals from 12noon to 9pm. So, whether you are looking for a three-course meal with a local ale or just a coffee and cake they can cater to all.
The White Lion
There are also a number of great parks on the Island, some of which allow dogs, to find out more visit isleofwight.co.uk/attractions/natural-world