Isle of Wight

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Welcome to the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is the largest island in England measuring only 23 miles by 13 miles.

Just south of the mainland, the Island is peaceful, rural and picturesque, offering miles of beautiful beaches, footpaths, downland and cycle paths.

Ford Farm House enjoys stunning views across beautiful countryside and is in a wonderful cycling and walking area, with footpaths from close to the house, as well as being within a 10 minute drive of the sandy beaches of Steephill Cove, Ventnor and Shanklin.

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Walking

With more than 500 miles of public footpaths including coastal paths, walking is a very popular pastime.

Over 50% of the Island has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with about half of the coastline named as Heritage Coast – an honour only awarded to the finest stretches of coastline in the country. Throughout the year there are several walking events that take place on the Island.

Cycling

Within an area of just 147 square miles, you will find over 200 miles of cycle routes enticing you into the countryside or along the coast. Quiet country lanes and scenic off – road cycling routes make the Isle of Wight an ideal destination for a UK cycling holiday or short break. There are cycling routes to suit everyone, with a choice of challenging off-road bridleways, peaceful byways and level purpose-made tracks on former railway lines. Throughout the year there are several cycling events that take place on the Island.

The map below, which can be clicked to visit the ViewRanger website, is the Taste Round the Island Cycle Route. This gives cyclists the chance to discover the Isle of Wight in its full glory, whilst burning off those extra calories!

Victoria’s Island Trail

At the height of her reign, Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert chose the Isle of Wight as their favorite holiday spot. Creating a palatial home at OsborneEast Cowes, the royal family spent their holidays visiting attractions, towns and beauty spots across the Isle of Wight.

 

Places of Interest

Whether you’re coming to the Isle of Wight with your family, as a couple or on your own, there is so much that can keep you occupied across the Island!

There are many attractions to visit, just a short sea crossing using the Island ferry services is all that is stopping you.

Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill are the oldest parks, they have been running since mid-1800.

Look back in time and visit some of the islands oldest buildings, such as Carisbrooke Castle, The Needles Battery and Fort Victoria. There are also several hilltop monuments, the closest to Ford Farm Being the Russian-style Hoy Monument, with Tennyson Monument and Yarborough Monument.

Upon St. Catherine’s Down, walking distance from us, and not far from the Hoy Monument, you will find the St Catherines Oratory, the original 14th-century lighthouse known locally as the “Pepperpot”. You can look right back to the Dinosaurs era with a purpose built museum in Sandown.

There are also many music festivals on the Island, the Isle of Wight Festival being on of the biggest. Did you know that Ford Farm hosted the first Isle of Wight Festival back in 1968?

With some of the best beaches in the UK, you can have a nice relaxing stroll along the coast line taking in the soothing sea air.

If animals are more your ‘thing’, then why not visit Tapnell Farm, Isle of Wight Zoo, Amazon World, West Wight Alpacas or even the Owl and Monkey Haven!

The Ventnor Botanic Gardens, which is a short drive south of Ford Farm, has some of the best gardens with its own micro-climate, protected by chalk cliffs. If you have a love for garlic, then The Garlic Farm is also a must visit!

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Events

The Isle of Wight springs into life come April, when Easter egg hunts fill the island with joy, before having a two-week walking festival, which is said to be the largest walking festival in the UK! The bi-annual Old Gaffers Festival in Yarmouth, brings colour to the shoreline, with the sailing regatta. The Isle of Wight Festival takes place in June, bringing thousands of revellers to Seacole Park in Newport, the heart town of the island. The Isle of Wight County Show is also a big hit for the Island, this takes place at the County Show Ground in Northwood, Cowes.

In July 2017, the Isle of Wight Celebrated the first ever Pride event, that brought colour and happiness to the streets of Ryde.

If you have a love for Garlic, then head over to the Garlic Festival in August, this makes a great day out, along with the famous Cowes Week, which is the largest sailing regatta in the world! There are also over a dozen of carnivals that take place at various of towns across the island, including Ventnor, Ryde, Newport, Sandown and Cowes.

The largest gathering of scooters in the world comes to Ryde. The Isle of Wight Scooter Rally takes place over the August Bank Holiday every year. Ryde also hosts the second day of the International Classic Car Show in September, with the first taking place at Newport Quay.

Electric Woods events, which take place at Robin Hill Country Park, brings themed light shows and illuminations to the grounds of the park. September 2017 will see a brand new festival for the Island, with the boutique Eklectica Festival taking place at Robin Hill. Osborne House in East Cowes, which was once Queen Victoria’s holiday home,  where they have outdoor concerts throughout the year.

Why not visit Osborne House in East Cowes, the holiday home of Queen Victoria! They also have great outdoor concerts in the grounds. Fireworks light up the skies several times in the year across the Island, bringing families together to enjoy magical moments together. As Halloween approaches, the Isle of Wight turns into the ‘Isle of Fright’ and our resident ghosts and ghouls come out to play!

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Eating out

For Visitors who enjoy eating and drinking out, there are many superb pubs and restaurants to be found all over the Island, with around one pub for every square mile. Most pubs and restaurants provide mouth-watering locally produced food, as well as all your favourite beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.

The nearest pub to us is the White Horse Inn, just over a mile south of us, in the village of Whitwell.

The White Horse Inn was first built in 1454, making it one of the oldest pubs in the UK. They offer a good selection of food, from homemade burgers, fish dishes, vegetarian and gluten free options, and they are happy to welcome you to their family run restaurant/pub.

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Red Squirrels

Red squirrels have a particular liking for the surroundings which is mainly due to the lack of grey squirrels, and the squirrels are widely found throughout the Island, which is almost the final stronghold in the south of the country for these endangered creatures. Sadly we do not have any Red Squirrels that visit Ford Farm, but there are many attractions and parks on the island to get a chance to meet some, such as Robin Hill.

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Visit Isle of Wight Ltd is a public & private sector partnership and a “not for profit” destination management organisation established to develop the Isle of Wight visitor economy. VIOW have taken over direct responsibility for tourism marketing services, working in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council and other stakeholders. Find out more on The Official Tourist Board for the Isle of Wight by visiting their website.

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Cycling on the Isle of Wight

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Havenstreet Steam Railway

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Sandown Bay

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Needles Landmark Attraction

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Newtown Creek

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Appley Tower

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Isle of Wight Festival

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Freshwater Bay

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Looking out to Sea at Gurnard

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Bembridge Windmill

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Freshwater Bay

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Cowell Bay

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Surfing on the Isle of Wight

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Cowell Bay

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Brook Beach

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Appuldurcombe House

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Cycling on the Isle of Wight

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Godshill

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Ryde

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Ventnor Botanic Gardens

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Ventnor Beach

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Cycling out West Wight

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Quay Arts, Newport

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Osborne House 

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St. Catherine's Oratory, Niton (The Pepperpot)

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Swan Taking a Stroll

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Godshill Cider Co.

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The Fisherman's Cottage, Shanklin

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The Cow Co. at Tapnell Farm

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Brighstone Bales

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Steephill Cove

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Island Breezers

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Shanklin Beach at Night

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Ventnor Cascade

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The Electric Woods at Robin Hill

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Yafford Mill

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Godshill Cider Co.

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Monkey Haven

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The Needles Landmark Attraction Chairlift

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Ventnor Harbour

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Ventnor Downs

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Tennyson Down

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Yaverland Beach

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Shanklin Old Village

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