Rocken End Beach
Rocken End is set at the southern end of Chale Bay to the south of Blackgang Chine and just around the corner from the Isle of Wight’s most southerly point. This is one of the most remote spots on the island and faces straight into the elements with very little in the way of protection.
As such it can feel pretty wild, but also it is often deserted.
Access is a bit of a hike and a scramble, but nothing like as extreme as Whale Chine just up the coast. From the car park at the end of Old Blackgang road there is something approaching a path most of the way down.
Nearby Blackgang Chine was once upon a time a spectacular ravine but over the years coastal erosion and landslides have taken their toll with little to indicate its former glory.
The northern end of the beach here (Blackgang) is an unofficial nudist beach.
Type of beach
Sand and shingle
Dogs friendly beach?
OS grid ref.
SZ 4926 7546
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Rocken End Beach Reviews
Michelle LewisJun 05th 2021
Rocken End Beach is a beautiful location and it’s easy to forget you are in the UK when you are lying on the beach and staring out to sea.
As the guide says, the beach is “clothing optional”. The end you initially start on when walking down from the car park is mainly clothed but as you walk down the beach, away from the path, most visitors are nude. The beach is a fine pebble/shingle and whilst comfortable to lie on, it is hard work to walk on. You will need to wear reasonably substantial footwear to make the trip down and back up again, I find my Crocs are perfect for the task.
The beach is very exposed and has little to no shade or shelter. some visitors bring their own windbreaks, though in my experience, it’s not really necessary. There are obviously no shops or facilities there or nearby, so you are limited to what you can carry down the cliff walk. Being a nude beach makes it very easy for me to discretely squat and have a wee on the shingle without having the brave the cold English Channel. Your wee soaks away into the shingle immediately.
Another review says that the goings on can be a bit lively, but I have frequented here many times and have always found it to be very relaxed with people keeping themselves to themselves. Well worth the trip.
John VincentNov 13th 2020
I guess if you like to get naked in the sun, a hidden away beach is good news. Rocken End is certainly one of those, but to get to it is not easy. Either it’s a walk/scramble down from the car park at the end of Old Blackgang Road or it’s a long trudge from the west along the beach from the nearest access point off the Military Road. Once you know the path from the car park, it’s an OK walk down but slippery if there has been rain. Several kind people have placed planks across streams and carved steps where needed. But as you walk down, remember you have to get back up and the climb is a good 500’, often steep in places and hard going on the legs. The beach has a very fine golden shingle which looks lovely and is ok to lie on. Walking on it is hard work though and very tiring as you sink in. Care needs to be taken when swimming - the beach shelves deeply and there are currents that sweep around St Catherine’s Point a half mile to the east. Care also with the cliffs that have frequent slippages. On a warm day, it’s a popular spot with a mixed crowd. But probably best to go there with a broad mind, as some of the goings on can be a tad lively!