Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Shanklin Chine (Shanklin)

Shanklin Chine is a lovely wooded area at the Isle of Wight seaside resort of Shanklin.

A wooded ravine, it is 180 feet wide and 300 feet deep, with a stream running it and a spectacular waterfall.

The chine is open to the public, and it is decorated in the Summer with fairy lights.

There is a Heritage Centre, with changing displays, mostly on a maritime theme.

Also at the chine are remains of PLUTO, the Pipe Line Under the Ocean created to supply fuel following the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944.

In 1545 the men of Shanklin defeated French raiders here, and later John Keats wrote part of his "Endymion" here in 1819.

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