Seagrove Bay

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Seagrove Bay
Seagrove Bay.jpg
The pebble beach at Seagrove Bay
Seagrove Bay is located in Isle of Wight
Seagrove Bay
Seagrove Bay
Location within the Isle of Wight
Civil parish
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
Isle of Wight
50°43′N 1°06′W / 50.72°N 1.1°W / 50.72; -1.1Coordinates: 50°43′N 1°06′W / 50.72°N 1.1°W / 50.72; -1.1

Seagrove Bay is a bay on the northeast coast of the Isle of Wight, England. It lies to the east of the village of Seaview facing towards Selsey Bill with a 23 mile (1.1 km) shoreline stretching from Nettlestone Point in the north to Horestone Point in the south.[1] The bay has both the Seaside Award Flag and the Water Quality Award.[2]

Roughly at the centre is a public slipway, to the north of the slipway is a straight pebble beach and there are many shallow private mooring buoys out in the bay. At the southernmost end of the bay is a wooden walkway which gives access from the end of the seawall to Horestone Point and Priory Bay beyond even during the high tide. The bay previously had public toilets which were demolished in 2015 - with a new block set to be built. Though as of 2018 the construction is stalled due to a land-dispute and portaloos had to be installed at the beach for tourists.[3][4]

The bay is used in the title of the life peer Lord Oakeshott as Baron Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay, of Seagrove in the county of Isle of Wight.[5]


Seagrove Bay from Horestone Point

The bay was created between two rocky limestone headlands by the coastal erosion of a soft clay stata due to this weak geology the bay used to be prone to landslips.[6] The sea bottom is sandy and gently shallowing.

Coastal management[edit]

To the south of the slipway is a curved concrete seawall protecting the shoreline, properties and boathouses. In addition, there are four 100 ft groynes made of rock piles running out perpendicularly from the seawall into the bay. Each one has a post with a red can marking its seaward end. The beach between the groynes is predominantly sand but is completely covered at high water.

After a number of landslips around the isle in the early 2000s slope reactivation measures were used to support to the shoreline and also due to coastal winds the sandy beach had depleted.[7] Beach levels fell around a metre (3 ft) in the decade prior to 2007, this affected the seawall by exposing the foundations so work to correct this was undertaken.[8]


  1. ^ Google. "Seagrove Bay" (Map). Google Maps. Google.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Seagrove". Isle of Wight Council. Archived from the original on 8 March 2004.
  3. ^ "Seagrove Bay gets two portable toilets". Isle of Wight County Press. 7 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Seagrove Bay Toilets Update". Nettlestone & Seaview Parish Council. 5 July 2018.
  5. ^ Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay
  6. ^ "Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan 2: Main Report –Chapter 4" (PDF). Isle of Wight Council & Royal Haskoning. December 2010.
  7. ^ "Coastal mangment". Isle of Wight Council. 2013.
  8. ^ M A Sarker , A J Sleigh , P G Winfield and R G McInnes (2007). "Design Optimisation of Coast Protection Schemes at Seagrove Bay: A Numerical Modelling Case Study". Institution of Civil Engineers.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)