Local Area

Chale Bay Farm is located in the village of Chale with uninterrupted sea views towards the Needles and Tennyson Down.

Key local features include:

The Coastal Path

Chale Bay Farm is right on the Isle of Wight coastal path and at about the half way point for those walking right around the Island.  There are also many other good shorter walks nearby including up to the nearby "Pepperpot" and Hoy Monument on St Catherine's Down, as well as towards the lighthouse at St Catherine's.

Blackgang Chine

Blackgang Chine is just 2 minutes from Chale Bay Farm by car and at more than 170 years old is probably the World's oldest theme park.  Visit the magical theme worlds: Cowboy Town, Pirate Cove, Fairy Land, Fantasy Land and Nursery Land, experience the Waterforce water slide or take a thrilling spin on the cliff-edge rollercoaster as well as the spectacular Restricted Area 5 with huge, life-size animatronic dinosaurs as well as more visits from their baby T-Rex's Shadow and Sheila.

For grown-ups visit the exhibition on coastal erosion, the historic whale bones dating back to the early days of the park and the 'World of Timber' exhibition which features woodland & countryside crafts; plus the 'Wight Experience' cinema which delivers a 15 minute film of a helicopter trip over the Island showing the amazing coastline.

New in 2017 is the magically themed "Underwater Kingdom".  More>>>

St Catherine’s Oratory (the “Pepper Pot”)

Located on St. Catherine’s Down at the top of the hill above Chale is the 35ft tall octagonal tower light-house built in 1312 and is the second oldest lighthouse in Britain.  According to local legend, it was built as a penance by the then Lord of the Manor, Walter de Godeton, who took casks of wine that belonged to the Church from a shipwrecked French cargo ship. A second light-house was built on the coast at St Catherine's Point in 1836 and then another one that it is still in use.  The oratory and remnants of the nearby Victorian lighthouse are known to islanders as the Pepper Pot and Salt Cellar

Hoy Monument

Further along St Catherine’s Down is the Hoy Monument, built by Michael Hoy in 1814 to commemorate the visit of the Tsar of Russia to Great Britain. A later plaque erected on the bottom of the pedestal in 1857 was to commemorate soldiers killed in the Crimea.

St Andrew’s Church

The Parish Church of St Andrew was founded by Hugh Gendon in 1114, while the present church structure dates from the 14th century. The Church has some impressive stained glass windows and six bells in the tower. 

Paragliding

Just a few minutes walk from Chale Bay Farm is the Butterfly Paragliding Club where they cater for both newbies and experienced paragliders.

Fossil Hunting

Whilst Dorset is famous for the Jurassic Coast, the Isle of Wight has the Cretacious Coast - less well known perhaps but even more spectacular with some of the best Ammonite beds in the world at the foot of the cliffs near Chale Bay Farm, and and almost certain opportunity of seeing giant dinosaur footprint casts at Hanover Point less than 10 minutes' drive away.  We can put you in touch with experts who run fossil walks or point you to the best palces to look for yourselves. More>>>

Brighstone Forest

The largest forest on the Isle of Wight is just along the Military Road at Brighstone.