Gurnard is a small, pretty resort to the west of Cowes, where there are toilet facilities, an excellent café and popular pub, The Woodvale Inn, where the view of the sunset is spectacular. Gurnard is a particularly good location to watch liners and large ships entering Southampton Water. In addition, there is a popular sailing club which regularly meets and races. Whilst the beach is predominantly pebbles, it is an excellent vantage point with very good views.
Access to the sea wall, a level walk between Cowes and Gurnard is extremely good for the disabled and elderly. Between Cowes and Gurnard, there are several cafés, restaurants and toilet facilities. It should be noted that the water is not considered safe for bathing unless you are a very strong swimmer, because of the strong tides and currents within the Solent.
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- Be aware of strong tides and currents when swimming.
- Winners of Quality Coast Awards.