Walk in the quiet estuaries of the Hamstead Heritage Coast, or visit the iconic Needles with the beautiful, multi-coloured Alum Bay to scatter your loved one’s ashes in a place that was close to their heart.
Scattering ashes on the Isle of Wight
For many people, scattering ashes is a deeply personal moment. It can be a really meaningful way to say goodbye and it’s important to take time to plan ahead and ensure you choose the right location for you and your loved one.
While some people choose to keep ashes at home in an urn, many people scatter ashes around natural beauty spots, usually places that have special memories attached to them.
Scattering ashes is a great way of honouring your loved ones and in the UK people are generally allowed to scatter ashes anywhere. This can be along a river, in the sea, under a tree, at the beach or even on private land.
To scatter ashes in the sea or in a river then you do not need to have permission but there are some guidelines to follow and it’s recommended you seek advice from the environmental agency. For places inland it’s generally safe, but there are guidelines in place to protect nature and permission may need to be granted from the land owner.
As the Isle of Wight is a haven for dramatic views and an unspoiled coastline, there are many places for families and friends to scatter ashes, from Hamstead Heritage Coast to Alum Bay in The Needles.
Find your funeral director on the Isle of Wight who will help you arrange a cremation and give you ideas of a meaningful place to scatter your loved one's ashes.
Learn about scattering ashes
Many people are unsure about what to do with ashes once they receive them. You might decide to scatter them somewhere meaningful. This how to scatter ashes guide gives you some ideas, as well as explaining the best ways to scatter them.
Hamstead Heritage Coast
The North West Hamstead Heritage Coast was recognised in 1974 for its stunning, primordial coastline. The peaceful coastline of sloping clay cliffs are dotted with woodland, farmland, estuaries and creeks, and is a haven for creatures like migratory birds and the elusive Red Squirrel.
The unspoiled coast is the perfect location for scattering ashes, especially if your loved one enjoyed the countryside. The tranquility of the area also makes it an ideal place to visit, remember, and reflect on the memories you shared with your loved one.
The Heritage Coast can be accessed along the coastal path that snakes around the Isle of Wight, from Bouldnor near Yarmouth or Thorness near Cowes. There are also other footpaths from Newtown, Shalfleet and the surrounding areas that take you through fields and woodland to the coastline, giving you a wide range of beautiful locations to scatter your loved one’s ashes.
One of the 7 natural wonders of the UK, The Needles is one of the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmarks.
Alum Bay is known for its colourful sand cliffs and breathtaking views across the Solent. Many tourists take some of this sand home, as many shops sell glass mementoes filled with this unique sand.
Meanwhile, The Needles Lighthouse on The Isle of Wight is an impressive structure standing tall over the end of the outermost chalk stack, bracing the roaring gales that sweep in from the west.
Also, The Needles are one of the most photographed groups of rocks in the world—and for a good reason. The three distinctive Chalk stacks can be seen in all the classic views of the island and is a truly iconic image in the Isle of Wight.
A beloved location for locals and tourists alike, The Needles is the perfect place with dramatic views to scatter the ashes of a loved one.
There are lots of different ways you can store or scatter ashes