Guide To Holidaying In Isle of Wight
A guide by Tasha Sewell
The Isle of Wight is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break all year round, with stunning un-spoilt landscapes and a wealth of intriguing attractions. You can do anything from windsurfing, parasailing and sailing to walking, hiking, riding and cycling. It is a true escape from the modern world.
The island is an area of outstanding natural beauty and has a 500 mile network of footpaths. There is also an abundance of fine art galleries, historic houses and restaurants.
Include the stunning coastline and warm climate and you have one big playground for all the family. Ride, walk or cycle and you are sure to see the whole of the island. With 165 miles of bridleways you will never even have to set foot on a road. Try something a little more extreme and have a go on the off-road mountain biking routes, all mapped out yet waiting to be discovered!
The island has a wealth of religious buildings dating back to Saxon times. You will sight monuments on hill tops, forts and churches; manor houses with luxury furniture are also dotted around and open for public viewing.
The Isle of Wight has been inspiration for a number of famous people: people including John Keats, Charles Dickens and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Tennyson enjoyed the beauty Of the island, and is believed to have written 'Crossing the Bar' on his journey between his home and the mainland. Freshwater Bay was also inspiration to Lewis Carroll when collecting material for 'Alice in Wonderland'.
Wherever you go on the Isle of Wight you will see evidence of a fascinating past, going back to the time of the dinosaurs. Roman villas, medieval castles, historic houses and exhibitions reflect life in a bygone age. No holiday is complete without a visit to Queen Victoria's favourite seaside home, the magnificent Osborne House, given to the nation by King Edward VII. Children love to journey back to prehistoric times, looking at fossils and life-sized animated models at the Island's dinosaur museums. Maritime heritage can be discovered at a number of museums, with displays of pirate gold and silver, and countless artifacts recovered from shipwrecks.
The Isle of Wight is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break, at any time of year. It is a stunning Island boasting unspoilt scenery and a wealth of fascinating attractions. For the energetic, there are plenty of sports facilities, including windsurfing, sailing and paragliding. And for those who prefer to unwind and explore, there's so much to discover.
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