More Cliffs to Remember

The Isle of Wight is an area of natural drama that  has fantastic cliff landscapes. If you enjoy natural features of landscape and love to walk, then the Isle of Wight is the place to visit. For those that have never been there, the Isle of Wight is a small island that is situated 5 miles south of mainland UK. It is approximately 21 miles from west to east and 11 miles from north to south. The best way to access the island from England is via a ferry from several destinations including Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington in the New Forest. There is also the option of the hovercraft, which is the fastest route – but is likely to be the first to be grounded in bad weather.

The island itself is a decent mixture of high vantage points affording great views over the Solent back to the mainland in the north, and out over the English Channel to the south, and low beaches. The beaches are mainly found on the east coast in the resort areas of Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor, although the south west coast also has beaches. This area is more remote and is exposed to the full force of the English Channel, but is the area with the greatest natural historical significance where many dinosaur fossils have been found. Enjoying these natural sights can be done using a variety of different means of accommodation. There are many that love to camp out under the stars, but equally those that prefer their creature comforts in a nice Isle of Wight bed and breakfast or guesthouse. Personally, I gave up camping when my festival days ended and now prefer to find a good pub that offers accommodation and a warm and friendly atmosphere!

Tennyson Monument
One walk that I love to do when visiting the island is up to the Tennyson Monument, which is the situated in the west, offering some stunning views towards the mainland across the Solent. Alfred Lord Tennyson was a famous English Poet who enjoyed royal patronage during the reign of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Like the Queen and her consort, Tennyson loved the Isle of Wight and lived for many years there. When he died in 1892, instead of being buried there, he was interned in Westminster Abbey in London alongside many other famous poets. To mark his long association with the Island, a monument was erected in an area where he was known to have taken many long and contemplative walks. Some of the views are stunning, particularly out over Freshwater Bay, but beware – the cliffs are high and the sea glistens far below.

Cliffs on the Isle of Weight

Culver Down
Culver Down is the highest point on the Isle of Wight at 104 metres, and overlooks the bay of Sandown to the south. To the north, you can clearly see Portsmouth and to the east on a clear day it is possible to see Beachy Head at Eastbourne. Culver is a peaceful place and is famous for its nesting sea birds. At one point in the past it was a place specially used for the commercial collection of bird’s eggs, where people used to descend over the edges on ropes. The area also has a military heritage and contains an old fort and military barracks. It is a long walk up to the top, but can also be accessed via the road from Bembridge.

Peter likes to write about travelling experiences whilst enjoying his favourite walks and experiences of Isle of Wight accommodation.

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