In the mid 1870s Hope Road was built through Small Hope Chine, which is now unrecognisable as a chine. The site of the chine is where the road passes the cliff edge and bends round to the Esplanade.
Shanklin Chine is lush and easily navigated, the chine is run as a tourist attraction with an entry fee. The chine has been halted at both ends, by sea defences at the mouth and erosion control at the head. The result is a relatively stable chine with a well developed and diverse mix of ornamental vegetation. The head end of the chine can be seen from Chine Hollow in Shanklin Old Village.
You can find more information on Shanklin Chine including opening times and admission charges on the Shanklin Chine Website.
Public car parks are available at Shanklin Old Village and Esplanade.
The coastal path runs to the bottom of Shanklin Chine and through what remains of Small Hope Chine.
Easy access from the esplanade at Shanklin.
Ordnance Survey Grid reference
Small Hope – SZ587818
Shanklin – SZ585810
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Click here to see the approximate location of Shanklin Chine.
Image: Shanklin Chine, courtesy of David Short