The Isle of Wight.

Situated off the south coast of England, secluded by as little as 3 miles of water and  accessible only by ferry, the Isle of Wight known as 'The Garden Isle', attracts approximately 2.7 million visitors each year. The Island measures just 52 miles around, with Newport as it's capital, it has a resident population of around 140,000.
Despite its size, the Isle of Wight has a wide variety of features. A ridge of chalk downland stretches the breadth of the Island from the Needles in the west to Bembridge in the east. The slopes of this great backbone support  many of the picturesque villages and small towns - each with its own distinctive traits  that make the Isle of Wight such a unique place to live and visit.

Approximately 2 hours from London, there is a choice of routes;  Fast catamarans or the hovercraft for day trippers or if you'd prefer a more leisurely cruise or bring your car, then take a sailing on one of the regular vehicle ferry crossings from one of 3 mainland ports; Lymington-Yarmouth, Portsmouth-Fishbourne, or Southampton-East Cowes.

With departures from the naval dockyard of Portsmouth you can see the warships and historic ships, or from the busy port of Southampton and view the massive container ships and luxury cruise liners, or if you'd prefer something more picturesque, the town of Lymington boasts magnificent views of the western Solent and famous Needles rocks and lighthouse.

Why the Isle of Wight for holidays? With the increased fuel charges and taxes that are being applied to flying, holidaying in our own country is  becoming increasingly popular, and what better destination than a place that can cater for everyone.

The island has a summer full of top events from the Isle of Wight festival in June and the Bestival in September which boast many top names in the music world and attracts a national and international audience!  May hosts the increasingly popular Isle of Wight walking festival which has walks for all age groups and abilities. The world famous Yachting event “Cowes week” is held at the beginning of August which again attracts people from all around the world!

With a vast choice of accommodation from hotels and bed and breakfasts through to camping  and touring parks, and a broad spectrum of activities  and pass times to suit the whole family such as English pubs, restaurants, walking, cycling, horse riding, sailing, paragliding, swimming, surfing, fishing, fossil hunting, castles &museums, adventure parks, country fairs, craft villages, bird watching and red squirrels to name but a few! There really is something here for everyone and the more 'relaxed' pace of life is an additional bonus to be enjoyed.

The Isle of Wight is stooped in history with tales of smuggling and skulduggery. Museums of dinosaur remains and smuggling are open for all. In such a small area there is such a variety of beauty and intrigue, activity and relaxation, a place buzzing with fun, yet tranquillity  that's insurmountable.

While the island enjoys all these major events and attractions, there is also plenty of opportunity to get away from the madding crowd! With some five hundred miles of footpaths, stunning scenery, downlands and woodlands. Tourist beaches may be popular but there are also a fantastic selection of rugged and  secluded coves and beaches, under windswept headlands.


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