Although we may all be on lockdown, the Isle of Wight will still be here waiting when this is all over. In the meantime, for those looking to get their Isle of Wight fix, you can find a plethora of videos online giving you a ‘virtual visit’ to the Island.
Youtuber, kittikoko has a wealth of video content letting you explore the Isle of Wight from the comfort of your own home. Explore the Islands towns and villages, and start planning for your next visit.
Here are just a handful of some of our favourites spots from around the Island, we’ll be posting more over the coming weeks to help keep you inspired.
The beach at Ventnor is sought out all year round and benefits from a very secluded position, nestling under St Martin’s down, one of the Island’s highest hills, creating its famous micro-climate. A wonderful natural suntrap which appealed to the Victorian visitors who flocked to Ventnor as a health resort. The beach is great for swimming or sunbathing and is half sand and half shingle.
The church at Godshill sits upon a small hill as the village name implies and can be seen for miles around. A local tale tells of time when the church was being built on a site at the bottom of the hill and each morning the villagers found the masonery moved miraculously up to the top. This was clearly a sign and the church now stands proudly on top of the hill, flanked by beautiful thatched cottages.
Located on the North-West of the Island, Yarmouth is a historic port town complete with a 16th century castle. In the town, you will find a range of boutique shops and eateries that get very busy during the summer months, especially during Gaffers Week every other year. Make sure to take a walk along the Grade II listed pier for some great views across the Solent and where you will find locals fishing off the end.
Referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Island’ thanks to the Hovercraft and Wightlink catamaran linking with Ryde. Possibly the best thing about Ryde is the beautiful miles of unspoilt golden sands. Lined with beach cafes, ice cream pit-stops and plenty of family-friendly entertainment makes this a great holiday destination.
Part of the town of Shanklin is stil known as the Old Village and consists mainly on stone-built cottages and houses, many with thatched roofs which gives it a picture-book charm. It sits alongside the beautiful Rhylstone Gardens and the famous Shanklin Chine which have both been favourite attractions since Victorian times. Enjoy tearooms and pubs, gift shops and cafes before taking a walk down to the Esplanade or along the headland towards Luccombe.
Wherever you are at the moment, we hope you are well and staying safe. We can’t wait to welcome you back to our little island again very soon.
Let us know what you are missing the most about the Island, and we’ll try our best to feature them in upcoming blogs.
See you soon.