Isle of Wight

Introduction

Great Britain - Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight Landscape

The Isle of Wight is a literal “world apart” from the rest of England, separated by less than a mile of water (only a 15 minute ferry ride) it could be another country. Cross-crossed with hundreds of miles of country roads, the lifestyle is laid-back – very much in tune with the wonderful countryside.

Getting Around

There are many options about getting around on the Isle of Wight. If you bring a car be sure you book your place on the ferry before showing up in Portsmouth for the trip across the water. You can get around without a vehicle by using the very good bus service and the (limited) train service (consisting of old London Underground trains!). An even better option is to use a “push bike” (bicycle) to travel on the roads where there is very little traffic even at the busiest times.

There are many walking and bicycling trails throughout the area which offer a different perspective on the area. The trails are all well marked and maps are available from the many Tourist Information offices on the island. With the whole island being only about 100 km around the perimeter, it is easy to get from one side to another in a short period of time.

Free maps of some of the bigger towns are available from the tourist offices. Additionally, the tourist offices will also arrange accommodation (a key element on a busy weekend).

Attractions

The following are some of the things to see and do on the island:

  • Bestival (my guide to the festival) - Takes place every September. New music acts, dress-up and funky art.
  • The Garlic Festival - Takes place every August and is a great day out. No, it is not just about garlic (though there is some interesting garlic ice cream)…Great music, loads of stalls selling crafts/food, exhibits along with demonstrations of falconry, etc.

Chairlift down to Alum Bay

  • The Needles Landmark Attraction - One of the key attractions of the islands, there is now a series of attractions at the natural formations including a chairlift to get a better view, a fun park, open top bus rides, boat trips to see the Needles CLOSE up. A bit on the touristy side. Phone: (01983) 725 401

Shanklin Chine Waterfalls

  • Shanklin Chine - “Chine” is the local word for a narrow gorge and Shanklin's is quite nice (very small) with a lovely walk through the gorge and view of the small waterfall. A few minor attractions including a view of the promonade at Shanklin and a small aviary.

Further Information

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