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Saturday, 24 October 2009

The Hermitage Country House Hotel - Ventnor

The Hermitage is a 5 star Enjoy England rated Isle of Wight hotel set in its own grounds of 12 acres of gardens and woodland. Situated at the second highest point on the isle of wight with fantastic walks and cycle routes providing stunning panoramic views of the island.

http://www.ventnorhotels.com

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Saturday, 7 March 2009

Credit Crunch? Isle of Wight - Sainsburys

While some companies will always undoubtedly fall in hard times others come to the fore and take the opportunity to expand. Sainsburys are fortifying their presence on the Island by purchasing the Somerfield stores in Cowes and Freshwater. These stores will undergo major revamps to carry the Sainsburys brand. Based on information from the Sainsbury's site it is also believed stores will be opened in Sandown and Shanklin. With ex Woolworths shops being great locations. The reason for the closure of the Somerfield stores in Cowes and Freshwater is due to the takeover of Somerfield by the CO-OP group it makes sense for them to sell off these locations rather than rebranding as we already have those stores in town.

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Friday, 27 February 2009

iShares Cup coming to Sandown?

That's right you did read the title correctly. With Cowes almost ruled out now due to issues with the marquees, the cup is still looking to the Island to hold a round of the prestigious event.

The UK leg of the cup is due to take place on the 1st to 3rd of August which coincides with Cowes Week just as it did last year and became part of that event.

IF Sandown were to be used it would give it a much needed cash injection to the area especially with the loss of White Air this year. I'm unsure of how the logistics of the sailing would work but I'm sure from a spectator's point of view it would be fantastic looking across the bay. New and old businesses in the Sandown area would undoubtedly profit from such an event. You may also see a better spread of person traffic on the Island too as Cowes Week tends to become a very over crowded affair.

As a placement for the event I could see it working as you do have Sandown train station and Bembridge Airport in close proximity for spectators and entrants alike.

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Bestival lineup News

Great news for Bestival fans is an awesome line up for 09

Massive Attack will headline the Friday night while Kraftwerk will take care of proceedings on the Saturday. Other bands confirmed are as follows:

MGMT, Fleet Foxes, The Klaxons, Bat For Lashes, Michael Nyman, The Beat, Squarepusher, Future Sound Of London, Little Boots, Seasick Steve, Friendly Fires, Florence & The Machine, Bjorn Again, Fujiya & Miyagi, Metronomy, Dub Pistols, James Yuill, Free Peace, VV Brown, Chase & Status, Golden Silvers, Goldie Lookin’ Chain, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, The Cuban Brothers, dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Ebony Bones, Altern8, Passion Pit, 65 Days of Static.

I think you will agree it's an amazing lineup and i'm sure the few tickets that are left will be snapped up pronto.

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Thursday, 26 February 2009

More Isle of Wight Festival Lineup News

Following on from the announcement for Fridays linup of 'The Prodigy', 'The Ting Tings', Pendulum and Basement Jaxx. Razorlight and Stereophonics have been confirmed as the headline acts for Saturday. Whilst the Charlatans will be playing the Big Top on Sunday.

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Sunday, 15 February 2009

Vesta's striving in turbulent times - Recession - Isle of Wight

Vesta's Technology UK are still striving to build on their foothold in the marketplace. Amidst a recession we need companies like Vesta's to thrive and bring stability back. They are proposing a multi million pound expansion plan on the West Medina Mills site. Not only will it build it's own facilities but will give a much needed upgrade to Stag Lane, they would also carry out improvements to the quayside to enable transport of the blades by barge. Not only will jobs be created by the development but the wind turbine company will need 100's of skilled workers to operate the plant. Newport town council have given their support for the plans but several Stag Lane residents have objected.

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Friday, 13 February 2009

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery

This spectacularly sited cliff top fort which is in the care of the National Trust has the best views of the Needles Rocks and a fascinating military history brought to life in cartoons by comic book artist Geoff Campion. Families can explore the site with an updated family discovery pack and become ‘Soldiers on Watch’ and new for 2009 is a soldier trail for young children.
The New Battery contains an exhibition about the part the site played in Britain’s race for space (opening times vary).

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-theneedlesoldbattery

http://www.theneedlesbattery.org.uk

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Newtown Old Town Hall - Isle of Wight

The small, now tranquil, village of Newtown once sent two members to Parliament and the Old Town Hall, which is now in the care of the National Trust, was the setting for often turbulent elections. This historic building contains an exhibition depicting the exploits of ‘Ferguson’s Gang’ – a mysterious group of anonymous benefactors as well as other local history. Regular art and photographic exhibitions are also held in there and footpaths lead to the adjacent estuary and nature reserve.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-oldtownhallnewtown

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Mottistone Manor Garden - Isle of Wight

Mottistone Manor Garden, which is owned by the National Trust, is one of the most peaceful and magical gardens on the Island. Set in a sheltered valley with views to the sea, the gardens with their colourful borders, shrub-filled banks and grassy terraces surround an Elizabethan manor house (tenanted). There is a small, but thriving organic kitchen garden overseen by a resident scarecrow and a plant sales area. For children there is the ever popular flowerpot trail or they can become garden detectives and explore the garden with a revised family discovery pack.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-mottistone

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Brighstone Shop and Village Museum

The island’s National Trust shop is housed in a row of pretty thatched cottages together with the village museum with its evocative tableau and interesting exhibitions about Victorian village life.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-brighstoneshopandmuseum

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Bembridge Windmill

This picturesque 300 year old windmill, which is in the care of the National Trust, is one of the best loved landmarks on the Island. Although no longer working, it has most of its original wooden machinery intact and visitors can explore the windmill’s four floors, touch the machinery and enjoy the views across the surrounding countryside. There is a small kiosk selling drinks and ice-cream and the windmill is also the start of the Culver Trail.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-bembridgewindmill

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Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Rain, Rain, Rain and more Rain - Isle of Wight

Last night the Island took a battering from some pretty hefty rainfall. Parts of the Island recieved a months worth of rain overnight. This has left parts of the Island inaccessible, the tunnel on the Ryde section of the train line is flooded so is shut off with trains only going as far as St Johns Station. Wightlink are not running their Fast Cat service and 2 picks ups will be made by the car ferry from the Pier head. Be careful out on the roads too as some roads have been closed due to the flooding.

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Saturday, 7 February 2009

GOWIGHT.COM - The Review

A diluted look at the Isle of Wight in my opinion, lack of content or knowledge of that content has made a lackluster attempt at boasting about the Isle of Wight. For the people that don't have time or access to watch a small video there is little content to keep the viewer amused. I know from this website when people are looking for something they will find it, absorb the content and then browse the other sections that seem appealing. It appears with the switch from Council to Chamber involvement that Tourism has suddenly become a numbers game that unless you are willing to spend X amount of funding on you apparently don't exist. The pocket guide is essentially in the same situation with less content regarding the Island and more advertisers. I can see what's happening an elitism will be formed with the big players, leaving everyone else to feed off of what's left over. I feel that someone has somehow missed the point though and firmly believe that in this situation more information is what is required. Access to lower grade advertising options for smaller businesses would have created more revenue and a better all round site in my opinion.

Content wise there is some point going on about White Air when it is now irrelevant with us losing it to Brighton.

Why use www.gowight.com in all your advertising and then use the .co.uk extension to hold all the content? You go through a divert which you actually notice, at least blank the .com page off.

Tourism should be greeted with open arms, we are in the midst of an economic downturn and the Island COULD quite happily favour greatly from it, if it were marketed correctly. People from the UK will be less inclined to holiday in Europe in fear of the £ being so weak, which in turn should favour the seaside resorts. Furthermore Europeans should reap the benefit against the £ and holiday in Europe. Surely an advertisement even without the star spangled video should have been offered to the other hoteliers and attractions?

All in all i'm dissapointed that the Chamber of Commerce now seemingly has control over tourism and looking at the evidence only in the best interest of their members and not the Island in general.

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Friday, 6 February 2009

Isle of Wight Festival & Bestival News

Just a few more snippets for the music fans out there:

The Isle of Wight Festival has announced 'The Majority' have won the Battle of the Bands competition obviously a major coup for any young budding artist as they will feature on the Acoustic bandstand. Theo Wiley, Matt East, Louis Fitton and Charlie King make up 'The Majority'.

In Bestival news Passion Pit have had an official announce by Rob da Bank in the Bestival forums and moving onto CampBestival news PJ Harvey will be making an appearence at CampBestival

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Monday, 2 February 2009

Red Jet sevice disrupted



The red jet service from Cowes to Southampton is today on an hourly service, this is not due to the weather conditions. I hear that one of the Jet's broke down last night and others are in for servicing leaving only one Jet in action. The Jet will now leave on every Quarter past the hour in an hourly fashion. Parts for the stricken Jet are apparently on their way from Germany.

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Isle of White - Snow

This morning we became the Isle of White for the first time in a while, some overnight snow left a dusting in most places and a bit more in others. Isle of Wight Radio are advising drivers to stay off the roads unless absoloutley neccessary. To be honest I orriginate from the mainland and have seen much worse than this and still drove 45 miles to work, but hey the Islanders not seeing much snow won't be that used to the conditions. If you're going out wrap up and take your time.

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Saturday, 31 January 2009

Accomodation - Yarmouth

Below are links to some of the area's Hotel's, B&B's and Guest Houses

The George
The Laurels
Rockstone Cottage

http://www.isleofwighthire.co.uk/ Offer their Car and Cycle Hire services to these accomodation providers.
Cycles can be delivered to your hotel if booked in advance
Car's can be hired too, they will collect you from your hotel and take you to their nearest office to complete the paperwork.

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Accomodation - Ventnor

Below are links to some of the area's Hotel's, B&B's and Guest Houses

Cornerways
The Hermitage Country House Hotel
Lake Hotel
Leconfield Hotel
Old Park Hotel
Royal Hotel
St Andrews
Wellington Hotel

http://www.isleofwighthire.co.uk/ Offer their Car and Cycle Hire services to these accomodation providers.

Cycles can be delivered to your hotel if booked in advance
Car's can be hired too, they will collect you from your hotel and take you to their nearest office to complete the paperwork.

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Friday, 30 January 2009

Accomodation - Shanklin

Below are links to some of the area's Hotel's, B&B's and Guest Houses

Atholl Court
The Avenue Hotel
Aqua Hotel
Bedford Lodge
Belmont Hotel
Birkdale Hotel
Carlton Hotel
Fawley Hotel
Foxhills Hotel
The Grange
The Grange Bank Hotel
Harrow Lodge
Hayes Barton Hotel
Hambledon Hotel
Havelock Hotel
The Lincoln
Luccombe Hall Hotel
Malton House
Overstrand Hotel
Pink Beach Hotel
The Rose Glen Hotel
Royson Hotel
Ryedale Hotel
Snowdon Hotel
Somerton Lodge
St Brelades Hotel
The Suncliffe
Villa Mentone



http://www.isleofwighthire.co.uk/ Offer their Car and Cycle Hire services to these accomodation providers.
Cycles can be delivered to your hotel if booked in advance
Car's can be hired too, they will collect you from your hotel and take you to their nearest office to complete the paperwork.

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Accomodation - Sandown

Below are links to some of the area's Hotel's, B&B's and Guest Houses

Carisbrooke House
Fernside Hotel
The Lawns Hotel
Melville Hall Hotel
Marina Bay Hotel
The Montpelier
Ocean Hotel
Wight Montrene
The Sands Hotel
Sandown Manor
The Trouville Hotel

http://www.isleofwighthire.co.uk/ Offer their Car and Cycle Hire services to these accomodation providers.
Cycles can be delivered to your hotel if booked in advance
Car's can be hired too, they will collect you from your hotel and take you to their nearest office to complete the paperwork.

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Accomodation - Ryde

Below are links to some of the area's Hotel's, B&B's and Guest Houses

The Dorset Hotel
Lakeside Park Hotel
Little Upton Farm
Newham Farm
Ryde Castle
Yelfs Hotel


http://www.isleofwighthire.co.uk/ Offer their Car and Cycle Hire services to these accomodation providers.

Cycles can be delivered to your hotel if booked in advance
Car's can be hired too, they will collect you from your hotel and take you to their nearest office to complete the paperwork.

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Accomodation - Newport

Below are links to some of the area's Hotel's, B&B's and Guest Houses

Travelodge
Premier Inn

http://www.isleofwighthire.co.uk/ Offer their Car and Cycle Hire services to these accomodation providers. Cycles can be delivered to your hotel if booked in advance Car's can be hired too, they will collect you from their hotel and take you to their nearest office to complete the paperwork.

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Accomodation - Freshwater

Below are links to some of the area's Hotel's, B&B's and Guest Houses

Farringford Hotel
Sandpipers Hotel
The Royal Standard Hotel

http://www.isleofwighthire.co.uk/ Offer their Car and Cycle Hire services to these accomodation providers.

Cycles can be delivered to your hotel if booked in advance
Car's can be hired too, they will collect you from your hotel and take you to their nearest office to complete the paperwork.

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Accomodation - Cowes

Below are links to some of the area's Hotel's, B&B's and Guest Houses

Anchorage Guest House
Crossways House
Fountain Inn
Newholmwood Hotel
OneFifty
Rawlings Hotel
Villa Rothsay Hotel

Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd are based in Cowes for all your Car, Van & Cycle Hire needs.

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The George - Yarmouth

The George Hotel is a 17th Century town house in the bustling village and Harbour of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. A traditional environment of warmth and atmosphere is found in each individually designed bedroom. Meticulous attention to detail perfects a marriage of comfort and relaxation, and caters for your every need. All rooms offer;full room service, bathrobes, hairdryers, direct dial telephone,satelite TV.

For more information: http://www.thegeorge.co.uk/

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Rockstone Cottage - Yarmouth

Rockstone Cottage is a charming family run guest house offering bed & breakfast at Freshwater, Isle of Wight. Built around 1790, we are just 3 minutes walk from the sandy beach of Colwell Bay in rural West Wight.

For more information: http://www.rockstonecottage.co.uk/

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The Laurels - Yarmouth

The Laurels is situated in a quiet cul-da-sac, only five minutes walk from the ferry terminal. It is close to the old railway line which is now a bridleway leading along the beautiful River Yar to Freshwater.

For more information: http://www.wight.info/laurels/

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Little Upton Farm - Ryde

Little Upton Farm near Ryde provide peaceful and relaxed individual self catering accommodation on the Isle of Wight.

For more information: http://www.littleuptonfarm.co.uk/

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Newham Farm - Ryde

Newnham Farm is a beautiful 17th century farmhouse with extensive garden. The house is situated in the middle of the 350 acre working farm. Although only 5 minutes by car from the centre of Ryde and the Fishbourne car ferry terminal, guests experience total peace and quiet as the house is surrounded by green fields and woodland. The area is listed as 'outstanding landscape with ancient woodland and medieval fish ponds'.

For more information: http://www.newnhamfarm.co.uk/

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The Dorset Hotel - Ryde

Dorset House is situated close to six miles of sandy beaches, Esplanade, Ryde Shopping Centre & Transport Routes.
Ryde offers a range of restaurants, pubs, night clubs & other entertainment for the young & old.

For more information: http://www.thedorsethotel.co.uk/

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Old Park Hotel - Ventnor

The Child Friendly Old Park Hotel is perfectly situated on the southern coastal path, close to the sea. We occupy over 16 acres within the heavily wooded Undercliff near Ventnor.Our family friendly hotel has specialised in holidays for families with young children and babies for over 40 years.

For more information: http://www.child-friendly-hotel.com/

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St Andrews - Ventnor

We assure you of a warm, friendly welcome to our family run guest house, where our aim is for you to enjoy to the full, your holiday on this beautiful Island.

For more information: http://www.standrewsventnor.com/

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Cornerways - Ventnor

Cornerways is an AA 3 Star rated Victorian Country house set in a quite location with beautiful views over both the Channel and St Boniface Down. It is within easy reach of Ventnor Esplanade, shops and restaurants and the lovely old village of Bonchurch.

For more information: http://www.cornerwaysventnor.co.uk/

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Crossways House - Cowes

Crossways House was commissioned by Queen Victoria for her Administrator of Sea Cadets. It is a comfortable, gracious house, a perfect base to explore Osborne House, Victoria's favourite residence and the yachting scene in Cowes.

For more information: http://www.bedbreakfast-cowes.co.uk/

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Harrow Lodge - Shanklin

The Harrow Lodge is superbly positioned by Keats Green and the Cliff Lift in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. Overlooking Sandown and Shanklin Bay it is situated within a few minutes of Shanklin town centre and Shanklin Theatre. The Old Village, with its picturesque thatched cottages and famous Crab Inn, is only about a ten-minute walk away from the Hotel.



For more information: http://www.harrowlodge.co.uk/



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The Snowdon Hotel - Shanklin

The Snowdon is a family run guest house situated just some 100 metres away from the spectacular cliff walk and views of Sandown Bay. Ideally located for the safe and sandy beaches via lift or walkways, Shanklin Old Village, Town centre and Theatre being only a few minutes walk away

For more information: http://www.thesnowdonhotel.co.uk/

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St Brelades Hotel - Shanklin

Safe golden beaches, esplanade and coastal cliff top walks are only a short stroll from St Brelades where Don and Caroline Hobbs offer guests clean comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation with friendly professional service.

For more information: http://www.st-brelades-hotel.co.uk/

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The Lincoln - Shanklin

Providing bed and breakfast accommodation the Lincoln is set just outside the main town of Shanklin in a quiet position, a minutes walk to the cliff path with beautiful views of Shanklin and Sandown bays. Ideally located for exploring Shanklin's sandy beaches, town and of course the Shanklin old village with it's thatched cottages, restaurants, antique shops, theatre, gardens and much more.

For more information: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/lincoln/

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The Rose Glen Hotel - Shanklin

The Hotel is in a premier position, being south facing and just a few minutes walk from the shopping centre, Old Village, beach and Esplanade. Our well stocked Residents' Lounge Bar offers the ideal place to relax in the evenings.

For more information: http://www.roseglen.co.uk/

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The Bedford Lodge - Shanklin

Whether you want a short break to enjoy some walks and wonderful food, visit friends and relations, or explore the island for longer the Bedford Lodge Bed and Breakfast, is ideally placed for you.

For more information: http://www.bedfordlodge.co.uk/

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The Suncliffe - Shanklin

The Suncliffe was built in 1878 as a gentleman's summer residence, and as a hotel, we have been receiving visitors for nearly 100 years.
We are situated a stones throw away from Shanklins famous cliff paths, and award winning safe, sandy beaches.
With Shanklin Chine and Old Village a mere gentle stroll away, we are ideally situated for all parts of Shanklin.

For more information: http://www.suncliffe.co.uk/

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Aqua Hotel - Shanklin

The Aqua Hotel is a beautifully appointed family run sea-side Hotel in Shanklin, one of the Isle of Wight’s most popular sea-side resorts, with a reputation for good service and quality accommodation. Superbly situated on Shanklin seafront, the Aqua Hotel offers the ideal location for a beachside holiday, whether it be for a Bed & Breakfast weekend away or mid-week break

For more information: http://www.aquahotel.co.uk/

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Malton House - Shanklin

Malton House Hotel is a detached Victorian Villa, prominently situated in one of Shanklin's premier positions and only yards from the cliff path and beach lift, set in its own gardens with large private car park.Close by is Shanklin's Old Village, famous for its thatched cottages, small shops and taverns. Shanklin Chine, with its overhanging trees and cascading stream cuts a cleft through the cliffs to the shore below. Overlooking the Chine, Rylestone and Tower Cottage Gardens provide a peaceful and beautiful retreat. Shanklin regularly feautures at the top of the sunshine league and its geographical position ensures a secluded, almost Mediterranean climate. Shanklin's golden sandy beach is a delight for the whole family offering safe bathing and a variety of watersports.

For more information: http://www.maltonhouse.co.uk/

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Birkdale Hotel - Shanklin

A warm welcome awaits from Lorraine & Roger at their no-smoking guest house, quietly situated in the picturesque Shanklin Old Village. We are a short stroll from the "olde worlde" centre of the village with its many thatched buildings including inns, tea rooms, restaurants, craft and gift shops. Just a few minutes more and you will reach the Beach, Shanklin Chine and Rylstone Gardens where you will see red squirrels. Shanklin Town is just around the corner with its many interesting shops and the very popular theatre.

For more information: http://www.birkdalehotel.com/

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Foxhills Hotel - Shanklin

Foxhills provides a perfect year-round short break destination, whether for a special occasion, a tranquillity break, bed and breakfast or business trip. Our attention to detail has earned us a five diamond gold award from the English Tourism Council and Five Red Diamonds by the AA - all of which is thoroughly endorsed by the many delightful messages in our visitors' book.

For more information: http://www.foxhillshotel.co.uk/

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The Pink Beach Hotel - Shanklin

Situated on Shanklin Seafront renowned for it's sandy beaches and long hours of Sunshine. The Pink Beach Hotel benefits from extensive Sea Views from the patio and gardens as well as being just yards from the beach.

For more information: http://www.pink-beach-hotel.co.uk/

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Hambledon Hotel - Shanklin

Ideally situated on the Isle of Wight, one of England's sunniest locations, the Hambledon Hotel offers you great accommodation, friendly service and excellent cuisine.

For more information: http://www.hambledon-hotel.co.uk/

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The Overstrand Hotel - Shanklin

The Overstrand Hotel is arguably one of the most gracious hotels on the Isle of Wight. Surveying the English Channel and Sandown Bay from its' superb position, the Overstrand has far reaching views which extend to the Mainland’s south coast on a clear day.

For more information: http://www.overstrand-hotel.co.uk/

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Belmont Hotel - Shanklin

An imposing former gentleman's residence, The Belmont is well known for it's warm welcome, friendly efficient service and the relaxing atmosphere. Combining Victorian elegance and modern comforts, we offer superior bed and breakfast accommodation in an excellent location close to Shanklin Old Village and the beach.

For more information: http://www.belmont-iow.co.uk/

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The Carlton Hotel - Shanklin


The Carlton Hotel is situated on the cliff top overlooking the magnificent sweep of Sandown Bay. Bed and Breakfast Hotel offering first class accommodation, food & amenities.

For more information: http://www.carltonhoteliw.co.uk/

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Hayes Barton Hotel - Shanklin

A small, family run guest house and true home from home in a quiet area of Shanklin.

For more information: http://www.hayesbarton.co.uk/

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The Royson Hotel - Shanklin

The Royson is just outside the main town of Shanklin in a quiet position, a few minutes' walk to the cliff paths with its beautiful views of Shanklin and Sandown Bay. It is ideally situated for exploring Shanklin's safe, sandy beaches, town and, of course, the Old Village with its thatched cottages, restaurants, antique shops, theatre, gardens and much more to attract people of all ages.

For more information: http://www.theroyson.co.uk/

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Ninham Country Holidays - Shanklin

Nestling in a woodland valley, surrounded by mature woodland Ninham provides a unique country setting for lovers of the outdoors.
From this secluded location, all the attractions of the seaside can be found just a few minutes away at Shanklin, the Isle of Wight's premier resort. Land or sea, Ninham is the perfect starting point for touring and discovering the many sights and attractions of the Island. In fact, you don't even have to leave the Park to start exploring. Various footpaths and bridle-ways lead from the park providing delightful walks and cycle routes to some of the Island's most scenic countryside.

For more information: http://www.ninham-holidays.co.uk/

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Atholl Court - Shanklin

Offering the friendliest Bed and Breakfast accommodation. All of our rooms are en-suite, with family, double and twin rooms having a shower or bath. All rooms have remote Colour Tv's - and all have Freeview, clock radio's and Tea/Coffee facilities. You can also upgrade to a superior room.For our guests comfort, Atholl Court is fully non-smoking.

For more information: http://www.atholl-court.co.uk/

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The Fawley Hotel - Shanklin

The Fawley offers comfortable and friendly family run bed and breakfast accommodation in the small seaside town of Shanklin on the Garden Island, the Isle of Wight. A three-storey, turn of the century building with beamed ceilings and other character features, The Fawley is within three minutes' walk of the beach, and five minutes walk of the Old Village and railway station.

For more information: http://www.the-fawley.co.uk/

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The Avenue Hotel - Shanklin

At The Avenue you are assured of friendly,comfortable and quality bed and breakfast accommodation.
Situated close to clean sandy beaches, scenic coastal cliff top walks and thepicturesque Shanklin Old Village.

For more information: http://www.avenuehotelshanklin.co.uk/

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Ryedale Hotel - Shanklin

Family-run, three Star rated Guest house in Shanklin offers bed and breakfast accommodation and is open from March to end of October.

For more information: http://www.ryedalehotel.co.uk/

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Chevrton Copse Holiday Park - Sandown

Cheverton Copse is a small family run park in a picturesque rural setting. Their aim is to provide an unspoilt countryside atmosphere where our guests can enjoy a relaxed holiday and for our efforts, they are proud to have achieved the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award.

For more information: http://www.cheverton-copse.co.uk/

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Carisbrooke House - Sandown

Carisbrooke House is a friendly and well presented establishment specialising in a warm welcome and good service. Award winning south facing patio gardens is a great place to relax with a drink from the licensed bar. Non-smoking bedrooms are well equipped with colour TV’s and hospitality trays with tea and coffee making facilities and in addition there are clock radios, central heating and hairdryers.

For more information: http://www.carisbrookehouse.com/

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Marina Bay Hotel - Sandown

The Marina Bay Hotel stands on the esplanade at Sandown affording superb views of Sandown Bay and The English Channel. Located just across the road from the fine sandy beaches and safe bathing, the Marina Bay Hotel is the ideal location for any holiday and any age group.

For more information: http://www.themarinabayhotel.com

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Fernside Hotel - Sandown

A small, family-run Guest House in an ideal location on the Isle of Wight, The Fernside offers a friendly atmosphere, comfortable accommodation and an excellent breakfast, just a few minutes walk from Sandown station and award winning beach.

For more information: http://www.fernsidehotel.co.uk/

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Sands Hotel - Sandown

Whatever the time of year the Sands Hotel has something for everyone. Take a stroll through the town, or explore further afield and discover the true beauty of the Island. Laze on the beach or beside our pool and enjoy some of the best sunshine figures in the UK.

For more information: http://www.sands-hotel.co.uk/

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The Montpelier - Sandown

The Montpelier is a small family run B&B offering clean affordable accommodation which is situated on the first and second floor of the property, giving it the advantage of overlooking Sandown Bay.

For more information: http://www.themontpelier.co.uk/

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Sandown Manor - Sandown

Sandown Manor occupies an elevated position looking out across Sandown Bay in an area designated for its outstanding natural beauty. There are far reaching views towards Sandown, Shanklin and St. Boniface Down and from the building's unique position , you will be able to see approximately ¼ of the Island from the sea view bedrooms, dining room and lounge.

For more information: http://www.sandownmanor.co.uk/

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Grange Bank - Shanklin

Grange Bank House is 4 Star B&B Guest Accommodation catering exclusively for adults only (no children under 16 years) with a non smoking policy throughout.
Built in the Victorian era with many original features preserved, we combine a friendly and relaxing ambience with modern comforts and period elegance.
Ideally situated in Shanklins picturesque old village, Grange Bank is the perfect spot from which to explore our beautiful and unique Island. Shanklin Chine, the seafront and town are all within easy walking distance plus there is an excellent choice of inns and restaurants only minutes away, making this the perfect location for your Isle of Wight break .

For more information: http://www.grangebank.co.uk/

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Ocean Hotel - Sandown

The Ocean Hotel, family run since 1958 offers 96 bedrooms and is conveniently situated between the High Street and the Esplanade overlooking the popular Sandown Bay

For more information: http://www.ocean-hotel.co.uk/

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Somerton Lodge - Shanklin

The Somerton Lodge is a beautiful Victorian Hotel set within the idyllic backdrop of a leafy tree lined avenue. The Hotel is situated just a few hundred yards from Shanklin Old Village, the Chine, the town centre and the cliff lift down to the Esplanade. Far enough away to sit peacefully in its beautiful gardens yet only a short walk to everything Shanklin has to offer.

For more information: http://www.somertonlodge.com/

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The Lawns Guest House - Sandown

The Lawns Guest House, which has lovingly been upgraded and currently rated with AA 4 Stars. A fully licensed run guest house, which is completely NON-SMOKING, in the popular resort of Sandown, Isle of Wight.

For more information: http://www.lawnshotelisleofwight.co.uk/

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Harbour View Hotel - Ventnor

Probably the most photographed "seaview hotel on the Isle of Wight", due to its stunning panoramic location overlooking Ventnor Harbour.... the ideal romantic hotel break.

For more information: http://www.harbourviewhotel.co.uk/

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Thursday, 29 January 2009

The Bernay Hotel - Sandown

The Bernay is ideally situated in the beautiful town of Sandown on the Isle of Wight. Positioned just a 2 minutes walk away from the beach, shops, restaurants and other facilities that a modern resort offers.

For more information: http://www.thebernayhotel.co.uk/

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Bourne Hall Hotel - Shanklin

Bourne Hall Country House Hotel & Restaurant is a beautiful Victorian country house set in three acres of mature gardens in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. Built in the 1860’s for one of Queen Victoria’s Ladies In Waiting, the house still retains its sense of history whilst providing modern accommodation in comfortable country house style.

For more information: http://www.bournehallhotel.co.uk/

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Chad Hill Hotel - Sandown

Located in a quieter area of Sandown but still only a short walk from the town and Beach the Chad Hill offers great facilities.

For more information: http://www.chadhillhotel.co.uk

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Corner House Hotel - Sandown

Family run hotel is located in Sandown just two minutes walk to Sandown's lovely award winning blue flag sandy beach for all of you that want to relax in the sun,

For more information: http://www.cornerhousehotel.co.uk/

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Clifton Hotel - Shanklin

The Clifton hotel is a family run hotel standing in its own grounds in a peaceful traffic free location leading out onto Keats Green, one of the Islands most beautiful cliff top locations.

For more information: http://www.hotelclifton.co.uk/

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Gurnard Marsh - Cowes

Two 4 Star beach front self catering properties situated next to a modern and relaxing Café / Bar which offers stunning Solent views and Bed and Breakfast Accommodation.

For more information: http://www.gurnardmarsh.co.uk/

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Caledon Guest House - Cowes

A friendly bed and breakfast in central Cowes offering clean, comfortable accommodation and tasty, filling breakfasts.

For more information: http://www.the-caledon.co.uk/

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Isle of Wight Walking Festival - Events

9th - 24th May 2009

Still getting bigger and better the Walking Festival boasts over 300 walks in it's extensive programme. Last year saw over 24,000 people involved and things will only get bigger and better for this great event. With something for everyone, from Ghost Walks to Speed Dating Walks, i'm sure you will find an event that suits you.

For more information:

http://www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk/

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Walk the Wight - Events

Mark this one on the Calender May 17th 2009 is the date for this years walk the wight, but unlike in previous years don't leave it til the day to get involved! No entrants are being taken on the day for this years event due to the number of marshalls that were tied up in last years event. Last year over 8400 people walked over the 3 courses to raise over £350,000 for the Isle of Wight Hospice. Your entry must be recieved by the 1st May.

More information can be found at:

http://www.iwhospice.org/walk-the-wight.aspx

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Fort Victoria - Isle of Wight Attractions

Built on the north shore of the Isle of Wight to guard the Solent the remains of Fort Victoria now house a Marine Aquarium, a Sea Bed Archaeology Exhibition, a Planetarium and a Model Railway. The surrounding Country Park offers Seashore and Woodland walks and the site is one of the best vantage points for watching the Solents boats and shipping.

For more information: http://www.fortvictoria.co.uk/

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Classic Boat Museum - Isle of Wight Attractions

The Museum opened in 1996, and currently houses an exciting collection of sailing and power boats, of both local and national interest and importance. They are a Charity and a Registered Museum, and we are run entirely by volunteers.

For more information: http://www.classicboatmuseum.org/

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Carisbrooke Castle & Museum - Isle of Wight Attractions

The fascinating story of Carisbrooke Castle is brought to life through a brand new visitor experience using hands on interactive and dramatic film.
Discover why it was famous as a royal prison to Charles I; see the room from which he tried to escape – twice! The most famous residents today, however, are the Carisbrooke Donkeys. Watch them happily at work on the sixteenth-century tread wheel in the well house and visit them in the donkey centre where you can find more about their personalities!

For more information:
http://www.carisbrookecastlemuseum.org.uk/

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Brading Roman Villa - Isle of Wight Attractions

Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Romano-British archaeological sites in the UK. Award-winning Exhibitions and Visitor Centre offers a unique insight into Roman life in Britain, from beautifully preserved mosaic floors to extensive collections of Roman archaeology, including coins, pottery and tools.

For more information: http://www.bradingromanvilla.org.uk/

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Rosemary Vineyard - Isle of Wight Attractions

Stroll around the vines, enjoying the surrounding views, and discovering the different varieties we grow, and the way that Traditional Vineyards are planted.
Watch 'Vine to Wine' video, showing a typical year in the vineyard.
Tour around the winery, reading our display boards, and seeing the different equipment that we use.
Allow friendly staff to give you a tasting of our quality wines, juices, liqueurs, and cider.

There is a small charge for Guided Tours. Booking in advance necessary.

For more information: www.rosemaryvineyard.co.uk

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Quay Arts - Isle of Wight Attractions

The Quay Arts Centre is the Isle of Wight’s leading art gallery and venue for live arts events. It is situated in a converted 19th Century brewery warehouse complex located at the head of the River Medina in the centre of Newport.
The complex was refurbished in 1997 by award winning architect Tony Fretton and is supported by The Arts Council of England and the Isle of Wight Council.
Facilities at the complex include 3 galleries, a 134 capacity theatre, a Crafts Council-listed shop and a popular café/bar with a reputation for serving some of the best home-cooked food on the Island.

For more information: www.quayarts.org

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Saturday, 24 January 2009

Butterfly World - Isle of Wight Attractions

A visit provides the opportunity to see hundreds of butterflies flying freely in a natural environment. They are mostly tropical species but are representative of the five continents of the world. There are usually around 25 species to be seen at any one time, though 100 species are on display at one time or another, during the season. The exotic gardens are all attractively laid out.

For more information: http://www.butterfly-world-iow.co.uk

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Thursday, 22 January 2009

Isle of Wight Tourism Branching Out

The 2009 Isle of Wight tourism train has now hit the tracks running, £340,000 will be spent this year on advertising the Island in key area's. The campaign running under the title 'Just Add Water' will be for all to see throughout key area's. London and the Midlands where custom is already generated are going to be the main areas targeted and it is hoped this splash of cash will only add to the success. The adverts will be shown on the tube in London and across the bus network throughout the midlands. Advertising campaigns will also be found across the national papers and magazines in an attempt to bring people to the Island. With the economic downturn it is forecast that many more people will stay in the UK for their holidays this year. Making the Island the perfect destination for a great holiday.

However will all this be fruitful with an all new setup at the helm that is struggling to juggle the needs of the existing platforms? If you didn't already know the council has removed the tourism team from the Westridge centre and the 'Pocket Guides' have been passed to the Chamber of Commerce. On inspection of the Winter Pocket Guide all I can say is too much advertising and not enough content make for a poor publication. People used to hang onto the guides as a resource to the Island but these new guides do little to make you want to hold onto them. No more town guides, no longer a section on cycling it seems the content has been sucked out in favour of making more money from the guide. Gowight.com the new initiative that was planned to be launched back end of 2008 is still not live. With people already planning their 09 breaks and Easter not as far away as you imagine this really should be right in the spotlight.

All in all I think it's great that the money is still being spent to promote the Island but if people don't get the right information before they get here or while they are here they may well be very disappointed.

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Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Isle of Wight Festival Lineup

After months of speculation news has now come that the Prodigy will return to the Isle of Wight Festival to close the show on Friday evening. We already knew that The Ting Tings, Pendulum and Basement Jaxx are lined up for the event but Prodigy have now been announced as the headliners. For more information on the festival please head to http://www.isleofwightfestival.com/

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Monday, 19 January 2009

Family Cycling on the Isle of Wight - Route 13 - Sunshine Trail

Route 13 - Sunshine Trail Map - Named as it's said the area has the largest amount of sunshine in the country. Its a 12 Mile (19km) circular route that uses a mixture of surfaces to compliment it's surroundings. The trail goes through Sandown, Shanklin, Wroxhall, Godshill (a great place to stop as it's the midway point, for some refreshments, Godshill is known for a great cream tea) Merstone, Horringford, Langbridge, Alverstone and Newchurch. A great day out for all the family due to the trail being 95% off road.

Cycle Hire is available from Isleofwighthire.co.uk who have their offices 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire in Sandown and Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd in Cowes.

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Cycle on the Isle of Wight - Route 12 - Shanklin

Route 12 Shanklin Map - Very Hilly route that is not only steep but the ascent and descents seem to go on forever. You are rewarded with some great views though. 12 Miles (19km)

Cycle Hire is available from Isleofwighthire.co.uk who have their offices 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire in Sandown and Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd in Cowes.

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Cycling on the Isle of Wight - Route 11 - Sandown

Route 11 Sandown Map - Very easy going route that only covers 5 miles (8km) but also has some great views across Sandown Bay and passes through some wonderful countryside.

Cycle Hire is available from Isleofwighthire.co.uk who have their offices 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire in Sandown and Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd in Cowes.

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Cycle Isle of Wight - Route 10 - Carisbrooke

Route 10 Carisbrooke Map - This 12 mile (19km) route is an easy going trail through the rural heart of the Island. A little hilly but encompasses Carisbrooke and Shorwell whilst coming close to Chillerton & Rookley. This could be the ideal way to take in some great scenery and see Carisbrooke Castle.

Cycle Hire is available from Isleofwighthire.co.uk who have their offices 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire in Sandown and Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd in Cowes.

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Cycle Isle of Wight - Route 9 - Newport

Route 9 Newport Map - This steady 10 miler (16km) leaves the hustle and bustle of the principle town behind to allow you to enjoy the countryside. Some great views and scenery make this a beautiful ride. Route 23 (Cowes to Sandown) makes up some of the trail with the rest being made up by quiet country roads.

Cycle Hire is available from Isleofwighthire.co.uk who have their offices 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire in Sandown and Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd in Cowes.

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Cycle Isle of Wight - Route 8 - Ryde

Route 8 Ryde Map - A much more relaxed ride from Ryde which goes East following the coast line to the lovely towns of St Helens and Bembridge before heading back inland via Brading and Upton and concluding back in Ryde. This is a 15 mile route (25km)

Cycle Hire is available from Isleofwighthire.co.uk who have their offices 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire in Sandown and Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd in Cowes.

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Cycling on the Isle of Wight - Route 7 - Ryde

Route 7 Ryde Map - Although labelled Ryde this route takes you out of Ryde into the countryside that lies behind borrowing sections of the Sandown cycleway to take you through Havenstreet (you could always veer off course to the IW Steam Railway in Havenstreet) through the smaller villages of Langbridge, Newchurch, Alverstone and Adgestone and then onto the lovely village of Brading where you could stop off at the Brading Experience before going back through the sleepy village of Upton back to Ryde. This is a 15 Mile (25km) ride which is quite hilly.


Cycle Hire is available from Isleofwighthire.co.uk who have their offices 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire in Sandown and Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd in Cowes.

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Cycling on the Isle of Wight - Route 6 - Brighstone


Route 6 Brighstone Map - A figure of eight ride from Brighstone along gently undulating country lanes to Chale. Access to Blackgang Chine can be made at the Chale end of the trail. This is a 12 mile route (20km) which can be enjoyed in either direction.
Cycle Hire is available from Isleofwighthire.co.uk who have their offices 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire in Sandown and Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd in Cowes.

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Cycling on the Isle of Wight - Route 5 Brighstone


Route 5 Brighstone Map - An incredibly steep experience and definately one for the mountain biker in you. If your brave enough there are some fantastic views! 10 Miles (16km) The Crown Inn in shorwell would be a welcomed stop for refreshments.

Cycle Hire is available from Isleofwighthire.co.uk who have their offices 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire in Sandown and Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd in Cowes.

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Cycling Isle of Wight - Route 4 - Cowes


Route 4 Cowes Map - This split section route can be enjoyed in 2 ways, Parkhurst Forest provides a short cut right through the middle of the outer trail but be warned that's the hillier route. If you do the full distance Newtown Creek is your furthest point west and a very beautiful area to stop off and admire the view. With the exception of the Parkhurst Forest cut off this is a fairly flat trail with hills here and there. Personally I would go anti clockwise and soak up the views from Gurnard Bay on the way back. 16 miles (28km)
Cycle Hire is available from Isleofwighthire.co.uk who have their offices 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire in Sandown and Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd in Cowes.

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Cycling on the Isle of Wight - Route 3 - Cowes

Route 3 Cowes map - Nice steady ride that takes you either side of the River Medina on a circular route via the Floating Bridge (Chain Ferry). A 9 mile (15km) route that is fairly flat with the hillier section on the East Cowes side of the river medina. Personally I would ride anti clockwise and take the hill on first, making Newport a great stopping off point in the middle for some well deserved refreshments. The latter leg back to Cowes is the old railway line and gives some great up close views of the Medina River.


Cycle Hire is available from Isleofwighthire.co.uk who have their offices 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire in Sandown and Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd in Cowes.

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Cycling on the Isle of Wight - Route 2 - Yarmouth

Route 2 Yarmouth Map - Not for the amateur, this is a tough and steep ride that takes you inland towards Chessell then back West towards Freshwater Bay, the loop brings you back to your start point in Yarmouth. The route is 12 Miles (19km)

Cycle Hire is available from Isleofwighthire.co.uk who have their offices 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire in Sandown and Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd in Cowes.

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Cycling on the Isle of Wight - Route 1 - Yarmouth

Route 1 Yarmouth Map - An easy going ride around Yarmouth, Freshwater and Totland Bay area's. The route is predominantly on road and covers a distance of 9 miles (15km) It is a circular route that can be enjoyed in either direction. My consensus is that an anti clockwise route will offer the tougher section to start and give you a smoother ride en route back.


Cycle Hire is available from Isleofwighthire.co.uk who have their offices 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire in Sandown and Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd in Cowes.

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Eating Out - Isle of Wight

There are hundreds of great eateries on the Island, but wouldn't it be great if you had some feedback before you went? I thought why make another guide when there is already a great one out there, for more information on eateries on the Isle of Wight look no further than Matt & Cat's Isle of Wight eating out guide giving not only their reviews but others feedback much the same as our website.

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Saturday, 17 January 2009

Town & Villages Guide - Isle of Wight

Click on the links below to take you through to some basic information regarding some of the towns and villages on the Island.

Cowes
East Cowes
Freshwater
Newport
Ryde
Sandown
Shanklin
Ventnor
Yarmouth

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Yarmouth is the oldest town on the Island, It is a busy yacthing area and serves as the docking area for Wightlink's Car Ferry from Lymington. The pier is also a great place to go fishing.
A major landmark in the town centre is Yarmouth Castle, which was built in 1547 and commissioned by Henry VIII. It is now owned by English Heritage. Tourists should make a point of visiting the attractive town square, flanked by the old 18th century town hall.

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Freshwater - Isle of Wight

Freshwater really has two seperate area's the town and Freshwater Bay, Freshwater is a small town on the western tip of the Island that has good mixture of shops, cafe's and restaurants.
Freshwater Bay is a small cove that opens onto the channel so takes the brunt of the prevailing winds during the winter but is much calmer during the summer months.
Totland Bay is also only a stones throw away and home to the world famous Needles which is a must see for any visitor.

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Ventnor - Isle of Wight


Ventnor is said to be one of the sunniest spots on the Island, often overlooked by it's couterparts Sandown & Shanklin, Ventnor still has a lot to offer. With a long sandy coastline it's a great place to catch some rays. The high street is only a few minutes walk up the hill too, giving you access to shops, restaurants and cafe's. I can also recommend the walk from Ventnor Beach all the way to Bonchurch which is also worth mooching around whilst your there.

Things to do:
Ventnor Botanical Gardens

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Shanklin - Isle of Wight


Shanklin is really divided into two sections Shanklin and Shanklin Chine (referred to as Shanklin Old Village)
Shanklin's main town has a plethora of shops, restaurants and cafe's with 2 sections of 'High Street' further up the town is Shanklin Old Village which is aesthetically pleasing with it's thatched cottages and more boutique shops.

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Sandown - Isle of Wight


Sandown is a great place for the family, the beach is only a stones throw away from the high street. A lovely sandy beach complimented by Sandown Pier at one end.
Some great places to visit while in Sandown:
Car, Van & Cycle Hire is available from 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire

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East Cowes - Isle of Wight


East Cowes is separated from Cowes by the River Medina. East Cowes is best know for its industrial heritage and for the fact that Queen Victoria lived at Osborne House which is not far from the centre of the town. The town is also the destination of Red Funnel's Car ferry from Southampton
The town's industrial heritage is dominated by J.S.White's shipyard.
The floating bride (chain ferry) connects East to West Cowes.
Where to go:

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Cowes - Isle of Wight


Cowes is famed around the world for yachting and in particular the first week of August sees the famous Cowes Week when hundreds of yachts and thousands of sailors arrive to race and party.

Cowes sits at the northern tip of the Island on the West side of the River Medina. The entrance to Cowes harbour is dominated by the famous Royal Yacht Squadron, housed in what was the original Cowes Castle.
Cowes High Street is now mainly a pedestrian precinct and there are many interesting shops to browse whilst wandering through the narrow streets.
West Cowes is linked to East Cowes by a chain ferry across the River Medina.
Red Funnel's Red Jet (High Speed) service operates in Cowes and links to Southampton
For up to date sailing information look no further than Cowes Online
Car's, Vans & Cycles can be hired from Top Gear Vehicle Rentals who can be found just off the high street in Cowes

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Ryde - Isle of Wight


Known as the gateway to the Island, Along the seafront you will find a putting green, ice rink, tenpin bowling, trampolines and many typical seaside shops arcades and cafes. The promenade stretches along the sea wall to the canoe/boating lake and Appley Gardens. From here you walk through oak woods glimpsing excellent views of the shipping and the three Solent Forts. This leads to Puckpool Park with its tennis courts, bowling green and cafes with a lovely sandy beach nearby.


The main street in Ryde is Union street which is adjacent to the Pier and runs uphill from the sea. A wide variety of local shops, restaurants, cafe's, banks and pubs line the street.


What's going on in Ryde:
LA Bowl - 10 Pin Bowling Alley
Planet Ice - Ice Rink
Ryde Theatre
The Balcony (Nightclub)

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Friday, 16 January 2009

Newport - Isle of Wight


Newport is the principle town of the Isle of Wight, making it the main shopping area for the Island.

You will also find a number of bars and restaurants along Newport high street.


Newport is the islands hub not only for commerical reasons, the road network on the Island all leads into and out of Newport making it very important to the Island's infrasructure. The reason for this is the roads all bottle neck into the centre due to the north centre of the Island being cut off by the River Medina. This causes all traffic from Cowes wishing to go East to either use the Chain Ferry or funnel into Newport outwards, the same can be said for East Cowes traffic going West.

What's going on in Newport:
Quay Arts
Newport Football Club
Newclose Cricket Ground

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL
The Isle of Wight Festival is a music event held yearly in Seaclose Park (just outside of Newport) 2002 saw the re emergence of the festival on the Isle of Wight which always brings people to the Island in droves to see their favourite bands.

Other area's of interest that surround Newport are Carisbrooke Castle
3 Prisons are housed on the outskirts of Newport (Parkhurst, Albany and Camp Hill)


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Car Hire - Tourism

Our principle sponsor http://www.isleofwighthire.co.uk/ offer Car hire to help you enjoy your stay here on the Isle of Wight.

They have 2 branches to offer optimum service to the whole Island and are open 7 days a week.

Car hire starts from as little as £23 per day

They can also arrange to collect you from your Hotel, Campsite or the terminal you arrive at.

Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd
1 Terminus Road
Cowes
PO31 7TX
01983 299056
email@topgearhire.com

Based around 250 yards from Red Funnel's Red Jet service they are ideally situated to cater for the Island visitors needs. MAP

1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire
15 Marsh Close
Sandown
PO36 8EU
01983 400055
email@1stcallhire.com

Based on the outskirts of Sandown they are ideally located to serve the East side of the Island MAP

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Cycle Hire




Cycle Hire is available on the Island through our principle sponsor http://www.isleofwighthire.co.uk/ who have the following branches:





Cycles can be collected from either branch or if you reserve in advance cycles can be delivered to your Hotel or Campsite. Booking is advised as although they have a substantial fleet demand is also high.


They also offer a one way service which allows you to use Route 23 from Cowes to Sandown (or visa versa) to collect/return bikes to either branch.


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Cycling on the Isle of Wight


A great way to see parts of the Island that would otherwise lay undiscovered. The Island boasts a network of great cycleways and quite lanes that help you to see the picturesque scenery the Island has to offer.

From the regular cyclist to the once a year rider there are options for everyone.

Cycle Hire is available from Isleofwighthire.co.uk who have their offices 1st Call Car, Van & Cycle Hire in Sandown and Top Gear Vehicle Rentals Ltd in Cowes.

There are 13 Routes to choose from, some that link into one another and can be enjoyed back to back. For the brave there is also the Round the Island Route at 68 miles in length (not for the faint hearted or amatuer)
Please click below to find a more detailed description of each route and a map to follow

Route 1 Yarmouth

Overview The overview page shows routes 1 to 12 so that you can see how to link them together to further your rides. Route 13 is not shown but you can still decipher where the links occur.

Running from Cowes to Sandown also lies Route 23 which is a continuation of the route from the mainland. The route is approximately 13 miles in distance and uses the old railway network as a footprint.


Routes 1-12 come courtesy of http://www.islandbreaks.co.uk/ , the Sunshine Trail from http://www.island2000.org.uk/ and the Round the Island route courtesy of http://www.iow.gov.uk/

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Hotel's, B&B's and Guest Houses

Looking for somewhere to stay? Look no further, click on the town you wish to stay in:

Cowes
Freshwater
Newport
Ryde
Sandown
Shanklin
Ventnor
Yarmouth

Worth knowing that our principle sponsor http://www.isleofwighthire.co.uk/ can deliver cycles to any of the above locations.
Car Hire is also available with them (they will collect you from your accomodation and take you to their offices to complete the paperwork)

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The Lakeside Park Hotel & Spa - Ryde (Wooton Bridge)

The Lakeside Park Hotel in Wootton, Isle of Wight is the Island's first purpose-built AA 4 star hotel offering unrivalled facilities and accommodation for conferences, seminars and business meetings. The Isle of Wight's newest A La Carte Restaurant and Brasserie provide the ultimate hotel dining experience, and are venues for large catered events, parties, weddings and private functions.

For more information: http://www.lakesideparkhotel.com/

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The Wellington Hotel - Ventnor

An intimate, relaxing and stylish hotel with fabulous ocean views, deliciouslyinteresting menu, really fine wines and attentive service

For more information: http://www.thewellingtonhotel.net/

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The Royal Hotel - Ventnor

The Royal Hotel has 55 bedrooms and is the only AA 4 Star Isle of Wight Hotel. It is set in the coastal town of Ventnor with outstanding views of the Isle of Wight's breathtaking coastline.

For more information: http://www.royalhoteliow.co.uk/

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Leconfield Hotel - Ventnor

The house is situated on St Boniface Down elevated above the historic village of Bonchurch and has spectacular panoramic sea views from most rooms and also from the dining room.

For more information: http://www.leconfieldhotel.com/

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Villa Mentone - Shanklin

The Villa Mentone Hotel in Shanklin is a 2 star hotel and offers unrivalled sea views of the English Channel. Located on the cliff top a Short walk from the Lift to the safe, sandy beaches.

For more information: http://www.villa-mentone.co.uk/

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