An enormous range of activities
Ventnor and its surrounding countryside offer an enormous range of activities within a small area that will appeal to all ages, abilities and interests. The town is also known as the antique and collectors capital of the Island, offering an afternoon of happy browsing.
From a bracing stomp to the top of the downs, to a gentle stroll along the cliff path or an exploratory amble beside the shore, the Ventnor Gateway area, with its 50 miles (80 km) of nationally recognised well-maintained and signposted footpaths and bridleways has something to offer everyone. Guided walks are available which explains aspects of Ventnor ranging from geology and natural history to tales of ghosts and shipwrecks. Ask at the tourist information Centre for more details.
The Island is a treasure trove of well signposted routes for mountain biking, touring and family cycling. Off-road cycling in the Ventnor Gateway area is not for the faint-hearted, but gentler routes can be found on the beautiful, leafy lanes through the Undercliff. Although the Country Code must be adhered to, cycling really is a wonderful way to explore every area of the Gateway and the Island. Bike hire ??
With its gently shelving shore, Ventnor is an excellent beach for bathing. On calm summer days the waters feel almost Mediterranean. When the waves pick up this is a popular spot for surfing and body-boarding. On windy days windsurfers race across the bay further offshore.
Angling is also a popular sport along the Esplanade and Seawalls where lines of solitary anglers can often be seen passing the time of day and night.
Whatever activity you enjoy, the environment and the beauty of Ventnor and its surrounding area can only succeed in making it more pleasurable.