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Binstead is dominated by the busy main road leading from Newport to Ryde and to the south are housing estates - but explore the north of Binstead and a different landscape awaits you, of winding lanes bordered by fine old trees.

At its heart lies Quarr Abbey. Under the surrounding land lies the old pits of a quarry where the Romans discovered hard limestone, later used for the building of Chichester Cathedral and Beaulieu Abbey. The original Quarr Abbey was founded in 1132 and dissolved by Henry VIII. Now little remains but an archway, part of a small window and a barn which has been built into an old farmhouse. All these can be viewed from the footpath. In 1907 the monks returned to build the striking building which is still in use today. The drive and chapel are open all year round to visitors and service times can be viewed at the door.

Past the church is a walk called Ladies Walk which leads to Ryde, but if you turn off towards a small stream the path will lead you to a pebbly beach with a good view of passing ships.

Brickfields Horse Country is also in Binstead where there is a bar and indoor arena with a childrens animal area and many more attractions.

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