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A popular resort on the Isle of Wight’s east coast, thanks to a superb sandy beach, water sports and safe family bathing. Shanklin, an ideal place to visit on a cottage holiday, is a lovely quaint and charming old town and a site of natural beauty in its ancient chine, or ravine. Indeed Shanklin Chine is one of its main visitor attractions, and can be accessed either as a distraction from the beach, by the Esplanade, or perhaps after wandering the gift shops and coffee shops clustered around the charmingly thatched Crab Inn, in the old village.
The Chine is a natural ravine featuring a lovely waterfall surrounded by rare plants and nature at its most abundant. Follow the nature trails around the gorge and enjoy the brightly coloured plumage of the inhabitants of the Aviary. At the Chine Heritage Centre learn how a pipeline laid deep under this improbable beauty spot played a pivotal role in the Second World War, before enjoying a brew with a view at the tearooms. During the summer season, it’s worth visiting the Chine in the evening too, when the gorge takes on a magic quality, illuminated with thousands of fairy lights.
Shanklin beach is patrolled during the summer season, and is a great place for water sports and family fun when the weather is good. Out of season, the fine stretches of sandy beach lend themselves to long seaside strolls, before a taste of some fresh local fish and chips – some of the best to be had are found on the Isle of Wight! There are traditional amusements along the Esplanade, and Shanklin has some lovely parks and gardens to enjoy. Nearby, the family attractions of Ventor, such as Blackgang Chine, or Dinosaur Isle and the Isle of Wight Zoo at nearby Sandown, are within easy driving distance for days out.
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