British Beaches

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Colwell Bay Beach

Totland, Isle of Wight

This sand and shingle beach is small and popular but relatively quiet. Situated on the west coast of the island, it offers panoramic views of the Solent.

Beach Type

Sand/ shingle


Toilets available (including disabled)
Slip-way and camp-site


Jet skiing and paddleboats

Nature and Wildlife

There is a walk between Colwell Bay and Totland Bay along the sea wall revetment.There is a considerable network of cycletracks and bridleways for offroad cycling. for more info on walks visit

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily. Litter and dog bins are provided.


The beach has dog restricted areas.

Awards and Recommendations

Quality Coast Award
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Isle of Wight Tourism Westridge Centre Brading Road Ryde. Isle of Wight PL33 1QS Tel: 01983 813800 Web:


Nearest town: Totland
County: Isle of Wight
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6893, -1.53562
Postcode: PO40 9FH
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Totland, Isle of Wight at Explore Britain.


From Newport. take the A3054 west. There is also a car ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth which is slightly north of Colwell Bay on the A3054.

Nearest Railway Stations

Lymington Town (Approx. 5 miles away)
Lymington Pier (Approx. 5 miles away)
Sway (Approx. 7 miles away)
New Milton (Approx. 7 miles away)
Hinton Admiral (Approx. 9 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Road parking with payment and disabled spaces is available.

Nearby Car Parks

Colwell Bay, Colwell (Long stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Avenue Road, Freshwater (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Freshwater Bay, Freshwater (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Broadway, Totland (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Moa Place, Freshwater (Long stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Fort Victoria, Norton (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Highdown, Totland (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Gate Lane - Freshwater Bay, Freshwater (Long stay).
About 1.7 miles away
River Road, Yarmouth (Long stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Freshwater Cliffs, Freshwater Bay (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Totland