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Review: Isle of Wight

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A Royal Island

  • By SilverTraveller Paul-Brear

    4 reviews

  • May 2014
  • Wife

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The Isle of wight one of the smaller islands that make up the British isles. But what it lacks in size it makes up for with Things to do places to eat and stay, and just sheer beauty. Just a few miles of the south coast, the island can be easily reached from Portsmouth Southampton and Lymington.. Most people head for the resorts of Sandown and Shanklin, joined together by a long stretch of beach perfect for a cliff top or promenade walk . Both resorts have a lovely selection of Hotels, B&B's, and self catering apartments suitable for couples or Families. Shanklin has a lovely old town with a good selection of very interesting shops, thatched roofs , and other old buildings. Walk through the Village and you arrive at the chine with a really dramatic waterfall and a nature trail.and other attractions. Sandown brings back memories of my childhood spending two or three summer fortnights there in the early sixties. The amazing thing is it hasn't changed. Browns is a great place for Pitch and put enthusiasts with four separate courses and a nice cafe for refreshments. There is a small Zoo which makes up for its size with some very informative talks every half hour or so on the animals, many of which are in a conservation programme. Sandown also has an historic pier and a decent shopping area. Other resorts on the island include Ryde with its famous railway pier.and Ventnor a cosy resort which encloses Blackgang chine perfect for kids or grandkids. Military Road so called because it was originally built for defence purposes stretches from ventnor to Freshwater bay a lovely little inlet a must for a stop of on a tour of the island. One interesting thing about Freshwater is a big Bronze Statue of Jimmy Hendrix which stands in a garden as you drive through. Apparently he played his last concert here in the sixties at the Isle of Wight music festival which still goes on today. Alum bay and the needles a bit commercialised these days but they have built a platform for a superb view of the needles. However if you are a bit more adventurous take the chair lift and take a look and a photo of the Magnificent Needles in front of you and the dorset coast to the south. Whilst on the island you should take time to visit the little port of Yarmouth a charming place whilst here call at the towns Deli and purchase one of their Crab cakes. Its a sort of pie made with Crab and Chevrill and one of the most delicious things i have ever tasted. the ice cream was good as well. Coming inland there is a pretty village called Godshill which we visited on a lovely and warm sunday. there is a very good model village here an old church and a blacksmiths. But with the church bells chiming sitting in one of the most beautiful gardens with a cup of Coffee was a delight. The island is perfect for Cyclists Anglers, Walkers or anybody who just likes to relax. No visit here is complete without a visit to what I consider the best royal house in Britain. Osborne House. The Summer home of albert and victoria and the young prince and princesses. A tour of the house takes a long time there is so much to see so you need a day here. After seeing the house itself a short stroll takes you down to Swiss cottage a miniature house built for the children simply magical. then a walk through the woods and you are at the beach where the Royal children played. When we reached there we had a lovely cup of tee and looked out on to a fantastic view of the Solent .A Cruise ship was steaming out of southampton bound for the treasures of the med. I wonder how many people looked across at the island and realised what a gem they were leaving behind.

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