This cove is in a secluded, picturesque spot and stumbling upon it is like stepping back into the 1950s, with children playing happily in the golden sand, and not an X Box in sight. You half expect the Famous Five and their chums to pop up with a picnic and crack open the ginger beer. Instead, you’re more likely to see A list celebrities and people up from Chelsea, who come to sample the excellent seafood and dine in a shack by the shore.
You can walk to Steephill Cove along a scenic coastal path from Ventnor (start at the carpark behind the Spyglass and keep on going…). If you’re visiting the Botanic Gardens, it’s very close by, and worth popping down for a look. You’ll need your walking legs on though – no cars allowed (not even 4x4s).