Beat the gloom this Blue Monday with the perfect antidote to the post-Christmas season: a trip to the idyllic Isle of Wight with Wightlink. While January 20th has been named the most depressing day of the year, research has shown that people are at their happiest when they have a trip coming up, so why not turn January into the happiest month of all? Escape from everyday stresses by planning a trip to the Isle of Wight with Wightlink; there’s plenty to lift the spirits during the winter.
You don’t even have to wait to reach the shore to enter the newly designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which encompasses the entire Island. The Isle of Wight is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the UK, making it a unique location to break away and experience nature.
To spot some of the Isle of Wight’s rarest wildlife, you can walk along the cliff tops from the heather-topped Headon Warren down to Freshwater Bay. There’s the opportunity to see Short Eared Owls and Dartford Warblers, or just watch the sunset over the water- both are sights that are sure to remedy even the bluest of days.
The Island also has some of the darkest skies in the UK, making it perfect for an astronomical night of stargazing. Wrap up warm and head to Freshwater Bay, Brook Chine, or Culver Down- just a few of the great locations for spotting the Milky Way, Cassiopeia, Orion and the Plough.
Foodies can book in at one of the Island’s cosy pubs for home-made food and seaside views. The Boathouse in Seaview, a multi-award winning beachside inn, is the perfect place to sit and watch the world float by. Or head to The Spyglass at Ventnor which, as you might imagine, being so close to the water’s edge seafood is a speciality with fresh crab and lobster delivered straight to door from the Ventnor Haven fishery.
All the Island’s beaches welcome dogs between October and April, so winter’s the perfect time to plan a break with your pup. While few two-legged visitors may be brave enough to paddle in the water at Appley Beach, their canine companions can splash away happily, before drying off in the warmth of one of the Island’s many dog-friendly pubs.
If walking along the beach is a little too tame, Adventure Activities Isle of Wight offers giant paddleboard sessions all year round. Those of you brave enough to enter the water can explore the cliffs and sheltered bays or even try some paddle board aerobics in Freshwater Bay – the perfect antidote to that Blue Monday feeling.