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St Helens Duver and Priory Woods

Isle of Wight

Type:Natural Feature

St Helens Duver, St Helens, Isle of Wight, PO33 1XY

Tel: +44 01983 741 020

St Helens Duver and Priory Woods


St Helens Duver is a lovely place to relax or gently wander. There are sandy beaches, rock pools, sand dunes and coastal woods all within a small area. There is easy access from the car park onto the Duver, with its short turf and gently undulating ground and views over Bembridge Harbour. The beach is also very close at hand, and although it can get quite busy in the summer, there's space for everyone if you wander further along the shore.

The Duver has an interesting history as a Victorian golf course with royal patronage, and Priory Woods itself is a site of national importance due to the occurrence of Palaeolithic tools within the gravel from which the cliffs are formed. Hand tools used by people of the Old Stone Age were found on the beach of Priory Bay, but the source of these tools was eventually traced to the gravels washed down from the cliff-top. These were found to be the most prolific source of Palaeolithic tools on the Isle of Wight and it was discovered that they dated from the Pleistocene Period, which stretched from hundreds of thousands of years ago to roughly 20,000 years ago - their users were probably Neanderthals.

St Helens Duver area is now a fascinating place to look for wildlife, from rare insect breeds to tiny flowers or water birds over the harbour, but the erosion of the gravel often exposes new finds. What will you find on your visit to St Helens Duver and Priory Woods?



  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - Pay & Display. Parking is free for members of the National Trust.

Provider Preferences

  • Forest Location
  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun


Map & Directions

Road Directions

St Helens Duver is approximately 0.5 mile (1 Kilometer) off the B3330 from the village of St Helens. It is 5 miles south west from Ryde on A 3055 and B3330 and 4.5 miles north west of Sandown on the A3055 and B3330.

Public Transport Directions

Hourly buses from Newport or Ryde bus stations dropping off at St helens village green on B3330. The Duver is about 800 metres walk down the Duver Road or the path beside St Helens Common. Alternatively, you can access St Helens Duver on foot by means of taking the Isle of Wight Coast Path, or cycle there  on the 'Round the Island' cycle path, which passes less than 0.5 mile (1 kilometer) from St HelensDuver.


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

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