Well, today I had my Estate Agents hat on and had to go to Sandown Bay Holiday Centre at Yaverland. I haven’t been to this area for some time, but it is somewhere I know well as I grew-up in Yaverland and spent many happy hours, either on the beach or playing and walking along the cliff tops.
Yaverland is at the northern point of Sandown Bay and the area is much quieter than the busy towns of Shanklin and Sandown. The beach stretches along the coastline for miles to Culver Cliff in the north, which is a white, towering cliff, the chalk seam being the backbone of the Island and reappearing at the Cliffs in Freshwater.
Culver cliff marks the end of Bembridge Down, which then plummets into the sea and the area is protected by the National Trust for future generations to enjoy. The walk up to the Down starts from Yaverland seafront car park along the cliff tops and past the Red Cliff Landslide, which has a narrow path leading down through it to the beach.
If you carry on walking to the top of the Down you will be greeted by the welcome sight of the Culver Haven Pub, which serves great food and cold, refreshing drinks. You can sit there and take in the views, which are truly stunning. It is reputed that the Culver Haven (once a radio station) was the first place to receive the distress call from the stricken Titanic.
On top of the Down is the Napoleonic fort, which is again looked after by the National Trust.
On the far side of Bembridge Down, you can find the award-winning holiday park called Whitecliff Bay and they offer camping, glamping caravans and holiday chalets and are a great base to enjoy the area from. As far as hotels are concerned, there is the adults only Bembridge Coast Resort. On the southern side of the Down, the closest hotels are The Sands, The Marina Bay and The Sandringham, whilst self-catering caravans can be found at Fort Holiday Park.