Alum Bay Webcam at The Needles Landmark Attraction
The Needles is arguably the most iconic landmark on the Island and known the world over when mentioning the Isle of Wight. Situated within Alum Bay is The Needles Landmark Attraction which is famous for its chairlift and coloured sand.
The Needles is iconic for its three stacks of chalk rock that rise to about 30m from the Solent with the Needles lighthouse at the foremost western end. The landmark takes its names for a now-gone fourth needle-shaped rock called Lot’s Wife, which collapsed in 1764 due to a particularly bad storm. Storms are a regular feature of the area with the Needles often recording the highest wind speeds during the storm season.
The Needles lighthouse was built in 1859 and was maned up until it’s automation in 1994. On the cliff above the lighthouse stands both the new and old Needles Battery which are set as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the area is managed by the National Trust. The National Coastwatch Needles Station is also located high above the Needles.