Everyone knows that the Isle of Wight is famous for its beaches, festivals and dinosaurs. But there’s so much more to explore, if you know where to look. Here are some insider tips to help you make the most of your time away…
Planning your escape
You’ve started in the right place – this Wightlink blog alongside the Wightlife magazine uncovers the Island’s hidden secrets, from haunted inns to the best beaches for your dog.
By bike: The Isle of Wight is also known as “Bicycle Island”, it’s the perfect place to take to two wheels. Bring your own or hire bikes of all types, including leg-saving electric cycles. You can get them delivered to your hotel or Wightlink ferry terminal. For a list of cycle hire companies on the Island take a look at page 112 of the Wightlife magazine.
Plan your routes in advance with Wightlink’s free cycle route maps.
By train: Go red squirrel spotting on a vintage tube train that travels through the fields and ancient woodlands between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin – journey time… just 29 minutes and it’s a better deal if you buy a through ticket if you are travelling by foot.
By bus: Jump on an Island Breezer open top bus and tour the most spectacular parts of the Island. The Needles Breezer gives you jaw-dropping views of the Needles and can be picked up at several points throughout the Island including Ryde and Yarmouth.
Don’t miss Osborne, Queen Victoria’s seaside palace. Stroll through the grounds to her private beach where you can watch traditional entertainments in the summer months. It is a ‘must do’ for all of the family.
Have fun at Monkey Haven, a wonderful animal sanctuary that cares for rescued monkeys, owls and meerkats. It’s TripAdvisor’s No 1 attraction for the Island don’t you know!
Take a trip up a tree with Goodleaf Tree Climbing. You can go up in the world at gorgeous Appley Park, not far from Wightlink’s Ryde Pier Head terminal along the beach.
Head for Ryde and quieter Appley for seaside fun on the golden sands. As you relax in the sunshine, you can look across to the mainland rain you’ve left behind!
Get away from it all at Compton Bay where you can see footprints made by dinosaurs 25 million years ago. Go fossil hunting, then take your finds to Dinosaur Isle to get them identified.
And finally, there’s our favourite secret beach. It’s where people in the know go for crab pasties, seafood banquets and kayaking. It’s unspoilt and idyllic and much loved by celebrities. So please… don’t tell everyone about Steephill Cove.
For more Isle of Wight Beaches take a look on page 36 of the Wightlife magazine.
So what are you waiting for? For other inspirational ideas, see, order or download your copy of Wightlife magazine or visit the Tourist Board’s official website at Visit Isle of Wight.
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