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This article is about a geographic feature on the Isle of Wight. For the Foreland in Devon, see Foreland Point. For geological usage, see Foreland basin.
The beach at Foreland

Foreland is the easternmost point of the Isle of Wight.[1] It is located 3 miles (4.8 km) east of the town of Brading, and due south of the city of Portsmouth on the British mainland. It is characterised by a pub called the Crab and Lobster Inn and various beach huts plus a beach cafe and a coast guard lookout. In the sea are the reefs of Bembridge Ledge which is rich in edible crabs, lobsters and spider crabs and shoals of mackerel. In the Crab & Lobster Inn are photographs of the many shipwrecks, which included the submarine HMS Alliance, now a museum ship at Gosport[2] and the First World War troopship the S.S. Mehndi carrying troops from South Africa, with great loss of life.[3]

The channel through the interior of the Bembridge Ledges is known as "Dickie Dawes Gut" after a notorious local smuggler (and father of the courtesan Sophie Dawes) due to his feat of escaping the excise men by superior local navigational knowledge. There was a pillbox built in the Second World War, now subsumed in the sea defences.[4] The beach is sandy with stones which contain Cretaceous fossils.[5] The cliffs also feature Horsetails ferns.

Coordinates: 50°41′10″N 1°04′12″W / 50.68611°N 1.07000°W / 50.68611; -1.07000


  1. ^ "Bembridge Ledge / Forelands Beach". Isle of Wight. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "HMS Alliance". Isle of Wight Photo Gallery. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Young, Lola. "The hidden history of the sinking of the SS Mendi". British Council. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Isle of Wight Historic Environment Record". Isle of Wight History. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Be,bridge Foreland". UK Fossil Collecting. Retrieved 27 September 2016.