Picture the scene… it’s a warm evening and you’re relaxing at a bar on the Esplanade, with a chilled glass of quelque chose in your hand. Suddenly you see a sweeping light, coming from the Steephill Cove direction, behind the Spyglass. This, my friends, is St Catherine’s Lighthouse, a local landmark that reminds you of its presence every five seconds with a white flash of light.
The lighthouse was built in the 1840s following a ship wreck off the coast of Niton (five miles from Ventnor). It is in beautiful spot, surrounded by fields. But don’t expect to drive to the door. This is the Isle of Wight at its wildest and most remote, so you’ll need to walk (down is easy… up is trickier). However the scenery, if you start to flag, is breathtaking.
The lighthouse is open for tours in the summer, when you can go up the 94 steps to the top and hear tales of smuggling and local history.