In IdeasWalksSpringSummer

If you’re like us, as the world stops to recover, we find that the urge to go out and explore the space around us grows with each passing day.

Whether it is to let off some steam, or enjoy something that we wish we’d tried before, the desire to leave the house and explore is greater than ever before.

On the Isle of Wight, we’re lucky to have so many outdoor opportunities, right here on our doorstep.

Wide expansive beaches, rocky coves, rolling hills, valley plains, harbours and rivers combine within 150 square miles to make the Isle of Wight the explorer’s dream destination.

Learn to surf at Sandown Bay on the east side of the Island, or pick up the rollers that sweep in from the English Channel at Compton Bay to feel at one with the natural power of the water.

Why not try your hand at stand up paddle boarding, it’s easy when you get the hang of it and you’ll wonder why you never tried it before. Lazily make your way down the River Yar on the west side of the Island, or paddle down the River Medina to the very centre of the Isle of Wight, perhaps stopping off at Island Harbour or the Folly Inn for some much needed refreshment.

Give wild swimming a go and take a dip in the waters around the Isle of Wight, where 11 beaches are rated as excellent for water quality particularly at secluded bays such as Ventnor or Colwell.

With over 200 miles of cycle track that criss-cross the Isle of Wight, you won’t tire of the views, as you pedal past some of the stunning landscape that forms part of the reason the Island is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

If you’re looking for more a challenge on two wheels, why not take on the entire coastal route, 65 miles of stunning scenery that will take you over downs, through sleepy villages and vibrant towns.

The Isle of Wight is renowned globally as a centre for sailing, hosting the world famous Cowes Week Regatta and the Round the Island Race. Learn to sail or hire a boat with a crew and take to the waters to see the Island from a different perspective.

Back on dry land, reach the heady heights of the tree tops in the safe hands of Goodleaf Tree Climbing, who will share with you the wonders of a majestic oak tree just metres from the beach, then sit back in a tree top hammock, relax and enjoy the view, surrounded by nature.

If the thrill of speed is something you’re missing, head to Wight Karting and experience the thrill of their all weather floodlit track, where their 4-stroke petrol karts race their way around the 520 metre track.

Why not book a ride on a RIB, racing across the water to a destination of your choice, we recommend it as a great way to see the world famous Needles on the west side of the Isle of Wight!

Or perhaps bring things down a more gentle pace, and take in the Isle of Wight by foot. Explore this historic destination in a relaxed fashion with the Isle of Wight Slow Guide and discover hidden treasures that you will only find on two feet, such as the beautiful Steephill Cove, hidden just below Ventnor Botanic Garden, set in acres of land where rare and exotic plants flourish in the unique microclimate of the south side of the Isle of Wight.

Why not join us for the Isle of Wight Walking Festival. We’ve postponed it from May and now we look forward to welcoming you in October, when you can experience the beauty of the Isle of Wight in it’s autumnal glory, where gold and red leaves meet the blue of the sky and land at your feet as you discover that the Isle of Wight is a truly year round place to be.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or emerging with a new lease of life, seize the day and try something new on the Isle of Wight.