Isle of Wight Journals

A Week in the Isle of Wight

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An August 2011 trip to Isle of Wight by Joy S

Coming into Cowes on the ferry Photo, Isle of Wight, England More Photos
Quote: We spent a week here in August, based in the beautiful and unspoilt Totland Bay. The island may be small, but there is so much to see and do - we needed the whole 7 days to explore fully.

Overview and Highlights

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Coming into Cowes on the ferry Photo, Isle of Wight, England
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The Isle of Wight is right at the south of England - 91 miles south west of London and 4 miles south of Southampton. It is perhaps best known for its sandy beaches and ports and it has long been a favourite with the yachting set. The island is also popular with cyclists, walkers and families coming on holiday - the "bucket and spade brigade." It has been a holiday destination since Victorian times.A visit to the Isle of Wight will bring back a nostalgic childhood holiday feeling. Many guide books describe it as "England in miniature." It is compact - just 23 miles east to west and 13 miles north to south. Despite its size, there is everything here, from golden sandy beaches to rollin...Read More

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* The Isle of Wight is the smallest county in England when it is high tide. This is not the case when the tide goes out - then it actually becomes larger than Rutland.* To see the island at its scenic best, you should walk at least part of the 65 mile trail called The Coastal Path. It links cross country trails with panoramic views of cliffs, the ocean and the downs. The most scenic part of the path is between Shanklin and Ventnor.* We came here during Cowes Week - I would definitely recommend coming at this time as it is a great time to visit the island. This is one of the longest running events in UK sporting history. It first took place in 1826 and has become one of t...Read More

Beach House Apartment

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Beach House Apartment Photo, Isle of Wight, England
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We found this place on the internet - it has its own website and we booked directly with the owner. Everything worked out very well. It is an apartment which takes up the whole of the ground floor of the Beach House. This is one of only three properties on the esplanade.The house was originally built in the 1890's. The ground floor started out as a restaurant and tea room. It was converted to a bedroom annexe for the old Chalet Hotel. In the early 1980's it was again converted to living accommodation and has been a family home. The owners raised their family here, and now that their children have grown up, rent the place out to holidaymakers.The apartment is beautiful, c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2011

Beach House Apartment
Totland Bay
Isle of Wight

Cowes

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The marina at Cowes Photo, Isle of Wight, England
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We took the ferry from Southampton which arrives in Cowes, so decided to explore a little. We liked the atmosphere so much here, that we decided to come back again the day we left and spend another couple of hours in this area.Cowes is renowned for its pleasant port. Every year in August, tourists flock here whilst it is filled with yachts from all over the world. Cowes Week Regatta is one of the largest boating events and apparently attracts more extremely rich people per square foot in Cowes, than anywhere else in the world.We are not yachting enthusiasts and inadvertently planned our holiday here at this time - we did not plan for it to coincide with Cowes Week. We did h...Read More

Freshwater Bay

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Thatched houses in Freshwater Photo, Isle of Wight, England
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Freshwater Bay was once the home of Alfred Lord Tennyson. The hills above Freshwater are named after him and on Tennyson Down, there is a Cornish granite cross, erected in 1897 in tribute to him. This is a good starting point for the Tennyson Trail - a dramatic walk along the cliff tops. This is a coastal walk unlike any other. Children enjoy it too, you can find fossils on the way but you need to keep your eyes peeled.Lord Tennyson had a house near Freshwater. Apparently crowds of his fans would come here to try and see him. In order to escape them however, he used to walk on the nearby down that is now named after him.We found a 5.5 mile walk around Freshwater Bay. Onc...Read More

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