A short ferry ride from Southampton, Portsmouth or Lymington will take you to one of the sunniest places in Britain. With over 500 miles of footpaths you can walk the Tennyson Way for an exhilarating view of The Needles or stroll along uncrowded coastal paths on the south east of the island. Explore ancient woodlands and get up close to red squirrels at the Alverstone Marsh hide. Follow the network of flat cycle paths suitable for all abilities and more challenging bridleways with barely 100m of flatness. Just remember that for every up there is a great view and a glorious down just ahead.
The Isle of Wight loves walkers. A favourite is to start at the Botanic Gardens to the west of Ventnor and walk along the coastal path and the undercliff towards Nitin, turning into St Lawrence - where the church is open and welcomes walkers with squash and biscuits. Then head north to reach the Stenbury Trail up on to the downs - where at Week Down the sea can be seen in all directions and you can imagine this is where Tennyson stood on his frequent walks there - then follow the paths back down to Ventnor. Reward yourself with an excellent meal in the art deco Rex Piano Bar in Ventnor with a view out along the coastal path you started on.
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