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The Isle of Wight is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break, at any time of the year. It is a stunning Island with unspoilt scenery and a wealth of fascinating attractions. For the energetic, there are plenty of activities to enjoy, including windsurfing, sailing and paragliding.

Newport, the capital of the the island. There is no District Council on the island and the authority is The Isle of Wight Council.. The Isle of Wight and covers an area of 147 square miles (380 square km). It is approximately 3 miles from the mainland of the south of England. It is just 23 miles by 13 miles.It has a population of 132,731 recorded in the 2001 Census.

Getting there:

Lymington to Yarmouth - Car/Passenger ferry

Southampton to West Cowes (Cowes) - High speed passenger craft

Southampton to East Cowes - Car/Passenger ferry

Portsmouth to Ryde - High speed passenger craft

Portsmouth to Fishbourne - Car/Passenger ferry

Southsea to Ryde - Hovercraft for foot passengers.

Wight Link Ferries or Red Funnel Ferries are the main operators and there are up to 350 crossings a day throughout the year.

The main towns are:

Cowes and East Cowes are located on the northern tip of the island. Seperated by the River Medina (there is a "floating bridge" connecting east and west). Famous for "Cowes week Regatta" in Augustwith eight days of sailing boat racing around the island.Cowes has narrow streets and the sea is never far away a walk through a narrow alley will take you to the marina, where you can stand and view the yachts and other boats.

iNewport is the County town and administrative centre.The town is situated slightly to the north of the centre of the island, at the head of the navigable section of the River Medina, which flows northward to the Solent, and on which the town has a quay.(see below)

Left: Tide out on the River Medina at Newport

Ryde is located on the north east of the islans. Ryde has many pub's and cafe's as well as the majority of local banks and clothing stores with supermarket's.... iceland, somerfields and tesco's. The town has an excellent bus service as well as the hovercraft and fastcat to the mainland at regular intervals. The town also offers a bowling alley and ice skating rink and indoor swimming pool with outdoor paddling pool and boating lake, there is also a fun fair and one of the uk's finest beaches with life guards on watch during peek season. Ryde boasts its own golf coarse and vineyard and the beautiful country side is only a few minutes away with bridalways and cycle routes. you are never very far from peace on one hand and culture, activities and interests in the other.Ryde is the second largest town on The Island.

Right: Holiday rental - Burford House - Click on image for details

Sandown is the sister resort to Shanklin see below). It sits in the centre of Sandown bay with Shanklin to the south and Yaverland and Culver cliff to the north. It offers sandy beaches, which are gently sloping and are ideal for safe bathing and is one of the few towns, which has retained its pier.

Shanklin The coastal resort of Shanklin is located at the south east corner of the Island at the southern most tip of Sandown Bay. It has the railway that connects to Ryde.

Ventnor is the southern most resort on The Island. The town was built up in the Victorian era and sits on the side of St. Boniface Down. The Down offers shelter to the town, which takes full advantage of The Gulf Stream, which runs up The English Channel. Ventnor has a Botanical Gardens, which is situated to the west of the town centre

Yarmouth is located on the western side of the Island and the town has grown up as a result of its natural harbour. You can take the car/passenger ferry to Lymington on the mainland from here.

The above selection only represents a small selection of villages in towns in the area. Enjoy your visit to The Isle of Wight, England

N.B. This information should not be relied on for accuracy and is presented here without the responsibility of jml Property Service and the website it is being displayed at. jml property Services 05 - 07

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