Where Are The Best Spots For Stargazing On The Isle Of Wight?
It is fair to say that the Isle of Wight is known for its stunning bays and beaches, and there really are a number of them to visit. During the day, there are so many things to do in the Isle of Wight relating to these beaches too, from water sports to visiting the pier, and it is easy to fill your days with sandy fun. Even when the sun starts setting, the beach is still the place to be and you can witness some incredible sunsets from the waterfront.
Many people don’t know this, but it isn’t just breathtaking sunsets that the Isle of Wight can offer, but on a clear night, it is undeniably one of the best places for stargazing and witnessing meteor showers too. The Island is constantly working hard to reduce light pollution and increase the number of locations where people can see the thousands of stars above them, but there are some brilliant places already where you can stargaze, including;
Freshwater Bay is one of the most picturesque beaches on the West of the Island, but it is also the perfect spot for stargazing. Of course, to see the stars, getting away from bright lights is key, so heading down to the beach is a good idea.
Newchurch is a village situated between Sandown and Newport in the southeast of the Island, and it is a must-visit for stargazers. There is an Observatory in Newchurch run by Vectis Astronomical Society which is open to visitors every Thursday evening and they host a number of stargazing events.
It is frequently recommended that anywhere along the south-west coast between Freshwater Bay and Chale is perfect for stargazing, so head along the Military Road keeping an eye on the skies above you. Compton Bay is often a brilliant place to stop on a clear night.
When you keep driving along the Military Road from Compton Bay, you will eventually get to Whale Chine and this is another well-known location for stargazing. Again, you can head down to the beach if you’d like to, but you may be able to just look up from any of the car parks you decide to stop at.
You will find Brighstone slightly inland from Military Road and it is a beautiful little village. Outside of the village is Brighstone Down and this is another great place for seeing the stars. There is a network of footpaths to the coastal cliffs and beaches too, and you’ll likely be able to see the stars when wandering these as well.
St George’s Down
Whilst this may seem like a strange location to recommend seeing as it technically falls under Newport, it is far enough away from this capital town that it isn’t disrupted by light pollution. Really, if you can get up high enough, any of the Isle of Wight Down’s are great spots for stargazing.
St Catherine’s Down
This is a Chalk Down near St Catherine’s Point, the southernmost point on the Island, and it is another popular destination for stargazers. Many would recommend that you actually visit St Catherine’s Down during the day too, it is known for its picturesque views.
Generally speaking, Culver Down is quite a quiet part of the Island and there isn’t much light pollution here at all, making it brilliant for stargazing. There are plenty of car parks that you can pull over into when driving through Culver Down, but remember that it can be windy up here.
Stargazing on the Isle of Wight
Whenever you visit the Island, it is always worthwhile looking up to the sky at night and you will be surprised by just how much you can see. On a clear night, if you travel to any of the remote locations mentioned above, especially in the south, hopefully, you will get to see a blanket of stars and maybe even a meteor shower too. Whilst this might not have been something you expected from your trip to the Island, it will definitely help to make your holiday memorable.
Now that you have your evening sorted, if you’re looking for things to do in the Isle of Wight during the day, be sure to check out the rest of our website. As well as the sandy beaches mentioned above, there are so many other places to visit too, including towns, villages and the beautiful countryside. You can guarantee that when visiting the Island, you will never be bored and it is easy to fill your days with fun and exciting activities.