Isle of Wight is
the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break, at any time of
the year. It is a stunning Island with unspoilt scenery and
a wealth of fascinating attractions. For the energetic, there
are plenty of activities to enjoy, including windsurfing,
sailing and paragliding.
the capital of the the island. There is no District Council
on the island and the authority is The Isle of Wight Council..
The Isle of Wight and covers an area of 147 square miles (380
square km). It is approximately 3 miles from the mainland
of the south of England. It is just 23 miles by 13 miles.It
has a population of 132,731 recorded in the 2001 Census.
to Yarmouth - Car/Passenger ferry
to West Cowes (Cowes) - High speed passenger craft
to East Cowes - Car/Passenger ferry
to Ryde - High speed passenger craft
to Fishbourne - Car/Passenger ferry
to Ryde - Hovercraft for foot passengers.
Link Ferries or Red Funnel Ferries are the main operators
and there are up to 350 crossings a day throughout the year.
main towns are:
and East Cowes are
located on the northern tip of the island. Seperated by the
River Medina (there is a "floating bridge" connecting
east and west). Famous for "Cowes week Regatta"
in Augustwith eight days of sailing boat racing around the
island.Cowes has narrow streets and the sea is never far away
a walk through a narrow alley will take you to the marina,
where you can stand and view the yachts and other boats.
is the County town and administrative centre.The town
is situated slightly to the north of the centre of the island,
at the head of the navigable section of the River Medina,
which flows northward to the Solent, and on which the town
has a quay.(see below)
Tide out on the River Medina at Newport
is located on the north east of the islans. Ryde has many
pub's and cafe's as well as the majority of local banks and
clothing stores with supermarket's.... iceland, somerfields
and tesco's. The town has an excellent bus service as well
as the hovercraft and fastcat to the mainland at regular intervals.
The town also offers a bowling alley and ice skating rink
and indoor swimming pool with outdoor paddling pool and boating
lake, there is also a fun fair and one of the uk's finest
beaches with life guards on watch during peek season. Ryde
boasts its own golf coarse and vineyard and the beautiful
country side is only a few minutes away with bridalways and
cycle routes. you are never very far from peace on one hand
and culture, activities and interests in the other.Ryde is
the second largest town on The Island.
Holiday rental - Burford House - Click on image for details
is the sister resort to Shanklin see below). It sits in the
centre of Sandown bay with Shanklin to the south and Yaverland
and Culver cliff to the north. It offers sandy beaches, which
are gently sloping and are ideal for safe bathing and is one
of the few towns, which has retained its pier.
coastal resort of Shanklin is located at the south east corner
of the Island at the southern most tip of Sandown Bay. It
has the railway that connects to Ryde.
is the southern most resort on The Island. The town was
built up in the Victorian era and sits on the side of St.
Boniface Down. The Down offers shelter to the town, which
takes full advantage of The Gulf Stream, which runs up The
English Channel. Ventnor has a Botanical Gardens, which is
situated to the west of the town centre
is located on the western side of the Island and the town
has grown up as a result of its natural harbour. You can take
the car/passenger ferry to Lymington on the mainland from
above selection only represents a small selection of villages
in towns in the area. Enjoy your visit to The Isle of Wight,