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Wheelers Bay
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Wheelers Bay
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Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament South East England
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Isle of Wight
50°35′40″N 1°11′45″W / 50.59443°N 1.19588°W / 50.59443; -1.19588Coordinates: 50°35′40″N 1°11′45″W / 50.59443°N 1.19588°W / 50.59443; -1.19588

Wheelers Bay is a small bay on the south-east coast of the Isle of Wight, England. It lies to the east of Ventnor. It faces south-east towards the English Channel, its shoreline is 300 yards (270 m) in length. A 90-yard (82 m) section of the bay, to the side of the slipway, is used as dry-storage for boats; in recent years this has been targeted by thieves. The bay is home to an open-air café known as The Seapot.

Wheelers Bay, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, UK
The bay on a rough day

The bay is accessed by a concrete slope from the road above the bay or by walking along the seawall either from Ventnor or Horseshoe Bay. The Isle of Wight Coastal Path runs the length of the bay along the seawall.

History

In the 19th century, the beaches of Wheelers Bay and Horseshoe Bay were used for the unloading of provisions, particularly coal. Boats would beach at high tide and the cargo off-loaded onto horse-drawn carts. The boats would then be floated off again at the next high tide. The bay is famous for the looting of shipwrecks, where sometimes locals would kill survivors to claim the cargo, many families in the area made their fortunes this way.

In the early 1990s, after a study by the former Department of Environment, the existing sea defences were improved at a cost of £1.6 million, to protect the cliff from erosion. This includes a 15,500 tonnes (15,300 long tons) revetment with an outer layer of rocks and 23,000 tonnes of chalk fill-material.

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