Isle Of Wight

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 Conveniently-spaced yachts near Cowes, Isle of Wight  (Humphrey Butler/Marvellous Maps)

Conveniently-spaced yachts near Cowes, Isle of Wight (Humphrey Butler/Marvellous Maps)

Looking for some Great British adventure inspiration? You're in the right place. Here you'll get an independent, ad-free lowdown on Britain's top 50 adventure locations - the online yin to the paper yang of our Joyously Busy Great British Adventure Map.

Why Go To The Isle Of Wight?

Isle of Wight. Do you love Wight? You should. Just some of the things you can do on the Isle of Wight that you can't do anywhere else...

  • Experience an island that's small enough to be a miniature England but big enough for some proper adventures

  • Enjoy some of the best beaches and coastline within easy reach of London, including the spectacular Needles

  • Mess about in boats in one of Britain's top sailing spots

  • Take the only tube train running outside London

Want to find out more? Read on for great photos, articles, videos, top tips and other content to fire up your adventure appetite. Got a question? Ask away.


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A miniature England 13 miles by 23 lounging about in the Channel off the Hampshire coast. Home to Tennyson, Queen Victoria (Osborne House), Charles I (imprisoned at Carisbrooke after rocking up hoping for refuge), the Needles, a great road trip and cycling route around its perimeter, one of the country's great train (actually tube) journeys and a load of great little beaches. It's more than alwight!

 Boats in Benbridge Harbour, Isle of Wight  (Laurence Baker/Shutterstock)

Boats in Benbridge Harbour, Isle of Wight (Laurence Baker/Shutterstock)

The essential journey on the Isle of Wight is the 60-ish mile perimeter road - a great road trip or cycle, including a little detour to see the Needles...

Nothing wrong with a little tourist board promo video...

Isle of Wight promo for Visit isle of Wight Ltd. Footage courtesy of: Isle of Wight Aerial - Richard Symonds Isle of Wight Surfing - Paul Blackley Isle of Wight SUP - Eric Lawson All Other - Wightpod Edited by: Wightpod Music: In the Moment of Inspiration, by Pinkzebra

But this is much more like it - a history of the Isle of Wight's surfing scene...

Getting To The Isle Of Wight, Maps & Guides

Getting there: 3.5 hrs by car and Red Funnel ferry from London, same from Bristol.

Travel times from where you are: See the Isle of Wight on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: The Rough Guide to Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight or Foxglove's Guide to the Isle of Wight.

Walking route guidance: this from Visit Isle of Wight.

Tourist board: Visit Isle of Wight.


Even More Isle Of Wight Adventure Inspiration

 Sailing on the Solent  (Barry James Wilson/Shutterstock)

Sailing on the Solent (Barry James Wilson/Shutterstock)

Here’s a good article from adventurer Alastair Humphreys about cycling round the Isle of Wight. And stepping things up a notch, here's an article about serious running around the Isle of Wight's coast from the Guardian.

The Isle of Wight's big event (aside from its music festival) is Cowes Week: here it is, explained. And this is the official site. Read this about the slightly out of place Ryde - Shanklin tube train, the only London Underground train in operation outside London.

The BBC's Ramblings podcast has been almost everywhere, and here they are on Tennyson Down, on the Isle of Wight. And if you enjoyed the video about the Isle of Wight's surfing history, here's some more.

And to finish, how about some misty views to the mainland..?


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