As one of the Isle of Wight's most popular beach resorts, Sandown also provides a great base for the more adventurous visitor looking to try some of the UK's best walking and cycling routes. The Isle of Wight as a whole has 165 miles of bridleways, over 500 miles of footpaths and a 62 mile cycle network.
There are cycle routes to suit everyone and the Sunshine Trail is a 12 mile, purpose built route that can be started in Sandown and passes through Newchurch, Godshill and Shanklin.
If it's walking that you're looking for, the Isle of Wight benefits from 67 miles of Coastal Path that extends around almost the entire coast of the Island. Sandown is a great place to explore the Coastal Path from with footpaths leading out to Bembridge and on to Ryde from Yaverland in the east to the longer walks through Shanklin, Ventnor and onwards to the south.
Culver Cliff provides one of the best walks on the Isle of Wight. The white chaulk headland that sits at the northern end of Sandown 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.