It's an area of stunning beauty set inside a chine! A chine is a naturally occuring, steep sided valley formed by a river and waterfall. This particular chine has views, food, nature trails, plants and more including a nearby beach! It's illuminated each evening and is a must see.
‘Chine’ is a local word and now used only in the Isle of Wight and Dorset. It is of Saxon origin and means a deep narrow ravine, formed by water cutting through soft sandstone leading to the sea. The Saxon name for Shanklin was ‘Scenc-hlinc’ or ‘cup in the rising ground’.