Bembridge

 
 
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Possibly Britain’s largest village, Bembridge Occupies the easternmost point of the island, surrounded by three beaches, with a pretty harbour; to the east of the village there’s an RNLI station that extends out into the sea.

Bembridge Ledge is a notorious rocky outcrop at the most eastern point of the island that poses a major threat to passing boats, especially yachts and pleasure craft, but at low tide it makes for great rock pooling and crabbing. Whilst Pubs and cafes in this area serve great seafood.

The Yar estuary is an RSPB reserve, culminating in the picturesque harbour fringed with houseboats, Just off the harbour, in the sea, sits St Helen’s Fort, to which the locals walk at an especially low tide around August.

Above here you can spy the Island’s only windmill, dating from around 1700 and high on Culver Down is Bembridge Fort and other former fortifications. A granite obelisk, memorial to the Duke of Yarborough, the first commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron, stands proudly here.

Bembridge village grew up in Victorian times, walk around the pretty village and you’ll find some great shops to explore, you’ll find a delicatessen , florist shop, fruit and veg shop, a great fishmongers, a traditional old family run butchers, an interiors shop, a couple of art galleries and a general stores. There’s also a handful of lovely pubs to enjoy.

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