Take a trip through an inspiring chine

Shanklin, Isle of Wight

The leafy gorge of Shanklin Chine is lined with rare plants, wildlife and waterfalls and makes for a magical walk day or night.

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As the Isle of Wight’s oldest tourist attraction the chine has provided the inspiration for many artists, writers and poets over the years. It captures the imaginations of all those who wander through it. Starting in Shanklin Old Village, and illuminated in the evening to dramatic effect, the chine provides a spectacular walk through to the beach.

Hidden amongst the wildlife and wild plants you will find the PLUTO pipeline that was used to deliver fuel to the Allied troops via the chine during the World War II Normandy invasion.

At the foot of the chine is the Victorian Chine Lodge, which now forms a heritage centre with seasonal and permanent art and history exhibitions. From here journey down to the Fisherman’s Cottage pub, which runs onto Shanklin Beach, and put your feet up with a well-earned refreshing drink.

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