The best places to drive for a view point and a flask of tea on the Isle of Wight

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Brading Down - Take The Downs Road to Bembridge and you'll come across a number of gorgeous views along the way. This car park is probably the best spot - you can see towards Sandown and Shanklin to the south or cross over the road and you can see north towards Portsmouth.

Military road - A favourite road on the Island, it follows the crumbling coast along the south west of the Isle of Wight before climbing to this high point. There are a couple of stopping spots in a layby with a direct view and a car park on the opposite side of the road towards the top.

Handover Point - Hanover Point is a great tea-drinking spot on the Isle of Wight. There's usually a National Trust van in the car park selling tea and coffee. The car park falls into the sea every few years, so only park near the edge if you've got airbags.

Freshwater Bay - Another West Wight spot, Freshwater Bay is entertaining when the waves are crashing and the wind is howling as the water gets choppy. It's not a very elevated spot, but it's a nice location to peer out to sea with a thermos flask and cheese sandwich. Freshwater Bay is a good winter option - you won't be able to park as close to the beach in the summer.

Culver Down - There are several car parks with viewpoints on Culver Down with views over Shanklin and Sandown.

Blackgang Chine - Perhaps not the most creative name for a car park with a viewpoint of Blackgang Chine, but what's wrong with being clear? It's also near the Pepperpot, which is worth seeing if you can walk up the steep hill opposite the car park

St Boniface Down, Ventnor - The best views overlooking Ventnor and the South Wight will require you to get out of your car and walk, but there are several car parks to choose from on the route up to the Isle of Wight's highest point.

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