If you’re heading to the Isle of Wight this year for a holiday then we have just the thing for you – we’ve compiled a handy guide to everything you need to know before you go and made it into this rather attractive infographic (if we do say so ourselves). You can use it as your go-to reference to find out the top ten areas to visit, along with information about famous residents on the Island, its best kept secrets (discover the secret hotspots for yourself), where to eat and what’s on over the following months.
Click below to view The Isle of Wight Cheat Sheet
That’s not all though – we also understand just how useful it is to know a bit more about where you’re going to be spending your holidays as well as how best to get there and what the transportation and travel is like once you’re over there. So read on to find out some facts about the Isle of Wight, as well as all you need to know about travelling to and around the Island.
- The Isle of Wight boasts many rare plants and animals and is often referred to as the Garden Isle.
- It is home to a large population of red squirrels, which have been taken over in many other areas by the grey squirrel, which is the more aggressive of the two species.
- Bonchurch, a Victorian village on the Island, served as inspiration for many famous writers and artists, including Karl Marx and Charles Dickens.
- It’s official – the Isle of Wight is one of the UK’s sunniest places, receiving a huge 2,018.7 hours of sunshine in 2012.
- The Isle of Wight is the smallest county of the UK and measures just 23 miles by 13.
- Some terms are unique to the Isle of Wight, such as Caulkheads (people born on the Island), Grockles (visitors to the Island), and Overners (residents who were not born on the Island).
- The Island is known for having its own species of butterfly – there have been many failed attempts to introduce the Glanville Fritillary butterfly in other areas, making it unique to the Isle of Wight.
There are many options to choose from when it comes to travel, whether you’re going to and from the Island or making your way around. You’ll need to take a ferry to get to and from the Island – whether you’re travelling as a foot passenger or in a car or caravan, there are a few options to choose from. Services to the Island run from Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth.
Hovertravel is a company which runs frequent hovercraft services between Southsea and Ryde Esplanade, seven days a week, taking just 10 minutes.
- Red Funnel
There are two routes to and from the Island with Red Funnel: Red Jet Hi-Speed, a passenger only ferry which runs from Southampton to West Cowes every 30 minutes throughout the day. It takes around 23 minutes; Passenger/Vehicle Ferry, which operates 24 hours a day from Southampton to East Cowes, taking approximately one hour.
Wightlink runs services with a choice of three routes to and from the Isle of Wight: Fast cat passenger service – approximately 22 minutes (Portsmouth to Ryde Pier Head); Car and passenger service – approximately 40 minutes (Portsmouth to Fishbourne); Car and passenger service – approximately 30 minutes (Lymington to Yarmouth).
Getting around the Island
Again, there are many options available to tourists for getting around the Island. These include:
- Public Transport
There are more than 20 standard bus routes across the Island, which also prove useful for getting to and from the ferry terminals. The Island’s bus provider is Southern Vectis.
Alternatively, there is a train service which operates between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin – ideal if you’ve come to the Island via the Wightlink Fast cat.
The main towns on the Island can get busy during commuter times but at other times, getting around by car is fairly simple, due to the many A-roads connecting major towns.
Either bring your own bicycle or hire one while you’re over here to explore the Island’s many countryside roads. If you prefer off road cycling, you’ll also find many different cycle tracks and public bridleways. If you’re tempted, there’s also a ‘Round the Island’ cycle route which is signposted for your ease, and will take you around the whole of the Isle of Wight.
There are many walking routes to be found on the Isle of Wight, with varying lengths of difficulty – whether you choose the 60 mile coastal path, a circular route or a short town trail. Nearly half of the Island’s coastline is known as “Heritage Coast”, designating it as the highest quality coastline with totally unspoilt nature.
Have we tempted you to visit this spectacular Island yet? Get in touch with Warner Leisure Hotels to find out more about staying on the Isle of Wight in either our Bembridge Coast Hotel or our Norton Grange Coastal Village, and make it a trip of a lifetime.
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<p>Isle of Wight Cheat Sheet – An infographic by the team at <a href=”http://www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk/”>Warner Leisure Hotels</a></p>