The Beach Guide

Colwell Bay

Colwell Bay - Isle of Wight

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Colwell Bay is a sand and shingle beach on the western shore of the Isle of Wight. It is a relatively quiet beach, and is reputed to be one of the cleanest on the island (it is cleaned daily). The water here is generally calm and clear, making it a good beach for swimming and snorkelling.

Colwell is also a popular beach for various watersports such as windsurfing and canoeing. For those looking for a more relaxing time beach huts and deck chairs are available for hire.

Behind the beach there is a long promenade on the sea wall which continues all the way down to Totland Bay to the south. From the beach and promenade there are excellent panoramic views of the mainland, including views of Hurst Castle on the Hampshire / Dorset border.

There is a car park with about 40 spaces, including 2 disabled spaces, that has access to the beach via a small slipway. There are also toilets here, a beach shop, and a café. A short walk along the sea wall visitors can find a restaurant looking out onto the bay. Adjacent to the northern end of the beach is a holiday park.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not permitted on these beaches between 1 May and 30 September. This does not include registered assistance dogs.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Slipway

    Nearest town



    PO40 9FH

    OS grid ref.

    SZ 3289 8808

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Marine Conservation Society RecommendedQuality Coast Award

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