As well as the miles of beautiful beaches and coastline that Sandown is so well known for, there is also a great number of parks, gardens and countryside available to explore too.
One of the most popular walks is the cliff walk over Culver Cliff, the white chalk headland that sits at the northern end of the Esplanade above Yaverland. The walk takes you up the side of the cliff and rewards you with stunning views across Sandown Bay. The Culver Haven pub sits proudly at the top to restore your energy for the descent back down to sea level. There is plentiful parking on the cliff if you don't fancy the walk up the hill. Mostly owned and managed by the National Trust, Culver Cliff is great for getting views across Sandown to the south and Bembridge to the north.
On the other side of the town towards Lake stands Battery Gardens, originally a World War II defence built to protect from invasion. The fortifications still exist and have been transformed into a peaceful garden. There's fantastic views across the English Channel with toilet facilities and a small children's playground. Battery Gardens is also the start of the long clifftop walk that stretches through Lake and on to the sister resort of Shanklin.
Almost directly opposite Battery Gardens is Los Altos Park which sits beside the train route through Sandown. The large grass hills and shaded tree areas offer a lovely spot for a picnic in the summer and are popular with locals playing ball games and enjoying the sun in the summer months.
Inland is nearby Sandown Levels, one of the few freshwater wetlands on the Isle of Wight including Alverstone Mead Local Nature Reserve which is hugely popular for birdwatching and the off red squirrel sighting! The excellent Sunshine trail cycle track starts here in Sandown and extends right through to Newport and on to Cowes at the northern tip of the Isle of Wight.