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, and ideal for touring in a sports car. Bought to you in association with Classic Travelling.
The largest island off the English coast is a delightful, self-contained community covering an area of 147 square miles, half of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 67 miles of coastline include chalk and sandstone cliffs, sandy beaches, marshes and estuaries and deep coastal ravines, while inland are ancient forests, farmland, downs and river valleys.
Arrive on the island via Red Funnel Isle Of Wight Ferries to East Cowes. The ferry crossing can be booked at any time to suit you. It is then a short drive past Osbourne House, former home to Queen Victoria, and cross-country, on some delightfully quiet lanes, through Newchurch and onto Ventnor. Stop and visit the renowned Garlic Farm, with an amazing array of the bulbs and everything (and more) to do with garlic.
Explore the western side of the island today, heading along the coast to Blackgang and the superb road to Freshwater. Continue to Alum Bay to see the Needles, and then drive onto the pretty port of Yarmouth for lunch. Then head to Newtown, famed for its National Trust properties, and then along the seafront to Cowes, Britain’s yachting capital. Enjoy a stroll around Cowes, and indulge in a spot of shopping. Then head south to Carisbrooke Castle, and visit this amazing medieval building and wander around the ramparts. Continue south to the idyllic villages of Brighstone and Mottistone, where you can visit the manor.
Discover the island’s eastern half starting with a visit to Appuldurcombe House, with its Owl & Falconry Centre. Continue to Godshill, which is an ideal place to stop for coffee (or hot chocolate Chocolate Island). Drive along some of the wonderful small lanes, wiggling your way up to Newport, to visit the excellent Classic Boat Museum, and the Bus Museum next door. After your visit head over Brading Downs to Ryde, on the north coast of the island. Drive along the esplanade, past the pier, and head on to the lovely village of Bembridge. Then on to Adgestone Vineyard for some samples of their fine wines, before heading to Shanklin old village.
Return to Cowes via the pretty village of Godshill. Once in Southampton, depart for home.
Duration: 3 nights/4 days
Dates: This tour can be taken at any time to suit you. Accommodation can be via Classic Travelling recommendation, or of your own choice.
Tour Book Price: £30 as a pdf for you to print at home emailed during working hours (purchase via Classic Travelling website, link below)
What’s included in your tour book:
- Detailed narrative route directions (easy to follow), along with maps showing the route.
- Hotel and restaurant information, along with lunch/tea/coffee recommendations
- Information on the many places to visit and things to do and see in the areas you will pass through.
- A little bit of history on the area you’re visiting.
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