Information and Entertainment
The official Isle of Wight tourist information website is
www.islandbreaks.co.uk or, for a more personal perspective, try
www.isleofwightattractions.co.uk . For a directory of activity providers, try the
Isle of Wight/Activities pages on
There are over 500 miles of excellent walking and cycle tracks throughout the
Island (we recommend Ordinance Survey Map OL29), including the Coastal Path and
a wonderful variety of terrain – the low-lying, gentle charm of the Yar and
Newtown estuaries, with their exceptional birdlife; the rolling farmland in the
central and west Wight; the chalk cliffs and big skies of Tennyson Down, Compton
Bay, and St Catherine’s Down, the heather-covered hillsides above Mottistone
Manor and at Ventnor the Botanical Gardens and the Undercliff – to name a few.
For more detailed information try
Cycling: For cycle hire contact The Bike Shed, Perreton Farm, Budbridge Lane,
Merston 01983 868786 www.thebike-shed.com . Book your bikes in advance. For more
detailed information try
www.sunseaandcycling.com (the Isle of Wight Cycling
Directory) and www.islandbreaks.co.uk.
Riding: Contact Allendale Equestrian Centre (5 minutes' drive away) on 01983
840258 to book hacking or lessons.
Shooting: Island Clay Breaks offers tutored clay pigeon shooting:
www.islandclaybreaks.co.uk. Advance booking advised.
Shopping: An excellent organic supermarket (www.godshillorganics.com) is 5
minutes' drive away supplying local organic fruit and vegetables, organic meat,
wine, dairy produce and a wide range of other organic goods. Marks & Spencer and
Sainsbury’s are 10 minutes' drive away in Newport. In Rookley village (5 minutes
drive) there is a Co-Op supermarket and village post office.
Sandy Beaches: there is a wide choice but may we suggest for the best sea swimming, Totland Bay, or Steephill Cove near Ventnor, which
also has deckchairs for hire, the delightful Boathouse Restaurant (fresh-caught
lobster, crab and other seafood May to September – advance booking essential),
and the Steephill Café for crab sandwiches, rock cakes and tea (photos and
For walking, surf and lovely views to the west – Compton Bay and Freshwater
Bay (combine with a visit to Julia Margaret Cameron’s home and exhibition of her
photographs at Dimbola Lodge)
Chequers Inn is at the top of the farm road leading to the house (
10 minutes' walk). The Chequers welcomes children and serves food; it has a large
beer garden with a children's play area.
Entertainment: the Island has numerous attractions and places of interest,
including Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, Brading Roman Villa, the Dinosaur
Isle museum at Sandown, Alum Bay and the Needles, Cowes, the Newtown Estuary,
Seaview, Bembridge, Yarmouth, and the Botanic Gardens at Ventnor, The county
town of Newport has a multi-screen cinema. At Ryde there is ice-skating and
ten-pin bowling; and at Shanklin, Sandown and Ryde, the pleasures of traditional
English seaside resorts. For a comprehensive guide, go to the Places To Visit
pages on www.islandbreaks.co.uk.