If you are an enthusiastic fisherman, cyclist, walker or twitcher then the Isle of Wight is an ideal destination. With seas, rivers and lakes bursting with fish, challenging cycle tracks and regular sightings of rare birds, there’s no better place to spend a few days. If you’re wondering where to stay, there are plenty of accommodation providers across the entire Island ready to welcome you and/or your group.
Keen anglers know that the Isle of Wight is one of the best places in the UK for both fresh and sea water fishing.
Inland freshwater lakes, such as that at Nettlecombe Farm, are well-stocked with carp, roach and tench all of various sizes. Can you beat the record, the largest, recorded fish landed there was a 20Ib carp… caught by a 12 year old boy. Well done nipper!
With one of the best, and most varied, shore lines in the UK, the Island has some of the best sea fishing available. If you want to catch mackerel, during the summer large shoals swim by the Chale/ Blackgang area at dawn and dusk. Head round to Bembridge where there are places to fish for large wrasse and bass.
Get on your bike!
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing scenic cycle or something a little more challenging, The Island caters for all.
Known for being the ‘hilly’ side of the Island, head south towards Ventnor and Blackgang. A challenging ride but the views from this side are truly spectacular.
If you’re after a flatter path to tread the Red Squirrel trail could be for you. Running from Cowes in the north to Shanklin in the south-east it’s a pretty cycleway taking you through the countryside avoiding busy roads.
Not convinced you should come here? In a list of ten destinations that every cyclist should visit in Lonely Planet, the Island was named number one! It said: “The Isle of Wight is a cycling paradise that is home to some of the UK’s most varied terrain: lush velvet hills rolling into the sea, narrow lanes through tidy hedgerows, deep and mysterious green gullies, and the island’s most striking feature, the ridge of white chalk cliffs stretching across its breadth.”
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Strap on your boots
Whether you are here as part of a walking holiday or just looking to explore the Island by foot, there are many walking routes across the entire Island. With over 500 miles of designated footpaths, taking you over hill, down dale and along the coast there are trails for every level walker, including family friendly and accessible ones.
The Red Squirrel Trail, in part, is ideal for family groups who have those in pushchairs or mobility requirements.
Take the Western Yar Estuary route, either tarmac or compact stone, the walkways are level. In Yarmouth you’ll be able pop into one of the local pubs for refreshments before you carry on… ideal!
If you’re a keen walker the coastal path takes in the entire 64 mile coastline. You’ll be climbing cliff tops, exploring sand dunes, meandering across fields, we have everything. Whether you do the entire walk in part or whole there are a variety of routes and stunning scenery to spur you on.
Binoculars at the ready
Being the last piece of land before migrating birds head to and from mainland Europe, the Isle of Wight sees a plethora of bird species and it’s not uncommon to see some rare visitors.
In 2019 so far we have seen a hoopoe in Bembridge, a great spotted cuckoo in Bonchurch, near Ventnor and one of the UKs most elusive species of bird, the bittern, has chosen to nest right here on Brading marsh.
For regular bird watching, visit Newtown Creek where passing osprey’s choose to refuel, St Helens Duver is an excellent spot to see flocks of geese and ducks, Ventnor Downs is home to the Dartford Warbler and the ancient woodlands of Borthwood Copse is home to woodpeckers and gold crests.
Grab your binoculars and cameras and get the next ferry to see all we have to offer.
So where to stay?
The Island offers up varying degrees of accommodation perfect for those travelling on their own or with small and large groups.
If you’re in a group and looking for something a little special with great local amenities, close to the beach and a regular bus service book then look no further than Ventnor Seafront Offering up three stunning beach houses as well as an apartment it’s the perfect base for your destination holiday.