Isle of Wight Off The Beaten Path

  • Freshwater Bay, looking east
    Freshwater Bay, looking east
    by JBourne
  • Freshwater Bay, looking west with Victorian Hotel
    Freshwater Bay, looking west with...
    by JBourne
  • Arreton Downs view from our caravan
    Arreton Downs view from our caravan
    by budapest8

Isle of Wight Off The Beaten Path

  • The Chines

    There are 2 chines on the island one at Shanklin and one at Ventnor. The first covers 3 acres and is home to waterfalls and a variety of plantlife and woodland.Blackgang chine at Ventnor is more of a theme park, which is slowing erodng off the cliffs it has 3 areas ->Frontierland, Fantasyland and Nurseryland

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  • Tennyson's Downs & Freshwater Bay

    The cliff tops surrounding Freshwater Bay are known as Tennyson's Downs, due to the poet's love of this area. The bay itself is quiet and picturesque and if you can, it is worth taking a day to walk the cliff tops and along the downs.This area is accessible by bus along the coast road and the scenery is beautiful. There is wildlife aplenty with...

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  • Arreton Manor

    The beautiful landscaped gardens and part of the house are open to the public for the peak summer months only. They offer a guided tour through some of the rooms in the Manor including The Old Court Room and through a secret passageway to The Old Monks Rooms. Arreton Manor was farmed by the Abbots of Quarr for over 400 years from 1156.With the...

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  • Arreton Manor

    Arreton Manor is the family home for Andy and Julia Gray-Ling with their children Amie and Will. It is such a special house with enormous history and it is because of this that they open up their home to share with the public at certain times of the year for everyone to enjoy.Set in five acres of land, nestled in the chalk-based Arreton Downs three...

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  • Arretton Downs

    My first memories of Arreton are having a boy in my classat Ryde Boys School called Boswell who's parents owned a large farm in Arreton. I even got a summer job aged 13 picking sweetcorn, it was a good 50 minute bike ride from Ryde in the early morning. My sisters familly has a caravan on a farm situated on the Arreton Downs, we stayed there for a...

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  • The Needles history and Shipwrecks

    Another famous wreck is that of the Ernst. She was a German three masted vessel whose sails were torn apart by a ferocious storm in November of 1898. She was blown onto the Shingles, where some of the crew were crushed to death when they tried to launch a boat. The local lifeboat, which in those days was rowed, could not get near enough to the...

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  • The Needles history and Shipwrecks

    ShipwrecksIn and around Alum Bay there are some twenty named wrecks. Probably the best known is the 'Campen'. She was a ship financed by the Dutch East India Company which, with four other sister ships, set sail for the West Indies in 1627. She was caught in a southerly gale, and ran for shelter in the western Solent. The anchors were lost when she...

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  • The Needles history Rocket Site

    Rocket SiteBetween 1955 and 1971 a top secret Space rocket and missile development centre was built on the site of the old Needles Battery. There were over 2,000 sq ft of control rooms with up to 240 people working there at any one time. They developed the space rockets called 'Black Night' and 'Black Arrow’. The Black Knight rocket was very...

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  • The Needles history The birth of...

    The birth of wirelessApart from its natural beauties and geological curiosities, Alum Bay has another claim to fame for its part played in the early days of radio transmissions. In early December 1897, to investigate and experiment with transmission to ships at sea, Gugielmo Marconi set up his revolutionary wireless equipment in the Royal Needles...

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  • The Needles history

    The Needles and Needles LighthouseThe original lighthouse was erected in 1785 on the summit of the Downs at the western extremity, 462 ft above sea level. However, it was generally considered that the building was too elevated above sea level to be really useful, especially in poor visibility, and it became disused when its replacement had been...

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  • The Needles

    One of the seven wonders of the Island: Needles you cannot thread. These chalk stacks are probably the best known landmark on the Island. The lighthouse is no longer manned. Until recently, the transfer of Christmas festive cheer to the lighthouse was an obligatory part of the local television news each year. The building in the background is part...

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  • Ryde

    Ryde is one of the biggest places on the island. The pier is quite extensive, there's a painted line showing where the pedestrians & cars should be. A land train goes along the front, not sure how much they charge. By the pier is a shop & a resturant, there's a smaller cafe just up the front. The toilets aren't very nice, they are metal & pong...

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  • Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly

    The Isle of Wight Lavender farm is a gorgeous smelling place (an improvement on th garlic farm anyway (~_~) ). There is a shop here full of potions & products taken from the lavender plant, all of it natural, plus there is a large range of different types of lavender plants to buy. Freya wanted one & she chose Stoechas Tiara, or French Lavender to...

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  • Bembridge Boat Houses

    In the little village of Brembridge we came across a row of gorgeous boat houses. Many of them in various states of repair & disrepair, but most of them in great condition. This one was my favourite, I want one!!

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  • Quarr Abbey

    Quarr Abbey is the home to Benedictine monks, some of whom you see working in the shop & cleaning the church. The Original monastery which dates back to 1132–1536 is in ruins. It was deserted during the reformation in the 1500s by Henry the VIII It is only a short walk from the new Abbey to reach it. The new Abbey was built in 1901, this is quite...

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  • Eeyore

    The Donkey sancturay was one of Freyas favourite places we visited on the Island. There are 3 fields full of Donkeys, over 200 of them here in total. The new arrivals which need care & recovery time are kept in an open barn. We were lucky to arrive at feeding time, which meant they were all gathered along the areas you could stroke them. Free...

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  • Turn left for toilets, for France turn...

    I saw this sign in Ventnor:For toilets turn left, for France turn right!!!This leaves you every choice you want!!!

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  • Amazon World

    Amazon World’s a small zoo for birds & other wildlife, I wouldn't say you can spend all day here, but it's well worth a visit. There are discussions, chance to meet a variety of animals, Falconry displays & a vast Jurassic themed exploration recreational area for the children. Its very interesting for the kids, although not very big, not so much...

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  • Walk to the 'Needles'

    The cliff top walk from Colwell Bay to the 'Needles' on the far west tip of the island is fabulous-great views of the Solent and England!, across the water!The landscape is blue,pink and mauve from the abundance of heather that grows there.It's quite a long walk, but there is a bus for the return journey at the Needles.You can pick it up at the...

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  • Tennyson Down

    My hike across Tennyson Down started from the Needles and ended in Freshwater Bay. It's a fairly leisure hike; I didn't have a map and didn't know the name of the place until I returned home and researched. But it's a pleasant surprise. The photo shows the view from the high ground of Tennyson Down with layers of colors. At the far end where you...

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  • Coastal Walks

    The Isle of Wight is a wonderful place if you like walking in the fresh air. The scenery is magnificent and you can vary your walks as the mood takes you, sometimes on the high ground with wonderful views, sometimes the sea-shore along the sand or amongst the rocks. Being an island, whichever way the wind is blowing you can always select a...

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  • The Needles Park

    This is one of the most popular family destinations. The park set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. There is no admission charge to the park. You pay for car parking and chargeable attractions of your choice. Chairlift past amazing colored sand cliffs. There are the rides and games for kids in Children’s World and souvenir shops for adults....

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