The beautiful Colwell Bay is just 150 metres away, which is pretty as a picture - on one side there is a promenade lined with painted beach huts, a delicious beach café and an upscale restaurant. On the other side is a long stretch of beach, it really is perfect as it offers large areas of soft sand ideal for sunbathing and paddling, but also has areas of rocks where children and adults alike can enjoy finding crabs and small fish. The beach slopes gently into the sea so it's great for paddling and offers safe swimming, in fact if you head out for a morning walk you'll likely see some locals enjoying an early dip! The promenade stretches all the way to Totland Bay and makes for a lovely walk, why not stop off at the newly renovated café for an ice-cream or light lunch? Our top tip: a brand new beach hut business has opened up on the Colwell Bay promenade: SupDog Rentals, where you can hire stand-up paddle boards at very reasonable prices. The owner is very friendly and it's such a fun activity to try.
If you're heading to the beach we recommend checking the tide times HERE.
Freshwater Bay, it is just a 5-minute drive from Little Bassett it offers one of the most picturesque beaches of West Wight.
The iconic Needles landmark is a 10-minute drive where you can enjoy the chairlift down the cliffs to the beach and visit the famous Shopping Emporium.
Getting Around: Bus services are provided by Southern Vectis, the closest stop is just a few minutes walk, located at Colwell Baptist Church. This stop is served by the Needles Breezer and Island Coaster bus routes: click here for a map. The Needles Breezer Bus route goes from Colwell to the Needles and Freshwater Bay: click here for a timetable.
The Island Coaster route starts from Freshwater, cuts through Colwell and then follows the South and West coast all the way to Ryde: click here for a timetable
Wight Link offers three ferry services:
Lymington to Yarmouth takes 40 minutes and then just a 5-minute drive from the B&B
Portsmouth to Fishbourne takes 45 minutes and then a 40-minute drive from the B&B
Portsmouth to Ryde is a foot passenger service only
West Wight Cars: 01983 755555
Mick's Taxis: 01983 752936