Castlehaven Village Green

Caution! Some paths are very steep and slippery, so please take care and wear suitable footwear.

Castlehaven is a small secluded cove and hamlet located just east of St Catherines Lighthouse on the southern most point of the island.  Castlehaven itself is privately owned, but there are rights of way to enable the public to access and enjoy this stunningly beautiful and unspoiled area.

The village green is owned and managed by Niton & Whitwell Parish Council.  The cove is managed by Niton Harbour Club and is popular with cold water swimmers as well as being a base for fishing boats and sailing dinghies.  A changing hut is provided and sits on the slipway.  It’s free to use, but donations can be placed in the box.  Tidal currents can be strong here so please take care.  Seek advise if new to the area.

Historically, as well as being a cove for local fisherman, Castlehaven was also used to facilitate the landing of coal, delivered by barge, which were run up on the beach.  Horse and cart then transported the coal to the lighthouse.

Footpaths NT46 although short, runs from the Village Green westward along the seawall and offers views stunning views along the coast and out to sea.

A footpath also runs through the caravan site westward and into National Trust fields, to enable walkers to head to the lighthouse, and beyond that to Watershoot Bay.

The more adventurous can continue following the coastal path to Chale Bay or upward to Windy Corner car park.  However both of these routes are rough and care must be taken.  This area is a live landslip area and cracks and crevices often create unseen hazards that could easily cause a fall or twisted ankle.