Exploring the Isle of Wight: On Foot23rd April 2014
Set in the crisp waters of the English Channel, the Isle of Wight is well known for its beauty and pleasant climate that attract droves of tourists each year. Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park is located in the charming village of Bembridge on the eastern tip of the island, and is the perfect base to explore the island. “Surely, it’s best to explore the island by car” we hear many people say. In fact, from Whitecliff Bay, there is so much on the island that you can get to on foot!
Within walking distance from Whitecliff Bay
First of all, there’s the village of Bembridge itself. With a population of nearly 4,000, it is often claimed by the locals that it is the largest village in England. Some even say it’s the largest in all of Europe. The village has access to some lovely pebble and sand beaches, from which you can enjoy some of the most stunning sea views on the island. Those with an interest in all things nautical will certainly appreciate the harbour and lifeboat centre, which are open to the public and always have a lot of interesting things to see.
Secondly, for those more interested in nature, there are the Brading Marshes, home to the RSPB’s first reserve opened on the Isle of Wight. Covering most of the valley of the lower River Yar, the reserve is a bird spotter’s paradise, being home to buzzards, little egrets, green woodpeckers and many more. If, however, you’re looking for more of a challenge from nature, then how about attempting the “Walk the Wight” trail. Not for the feint-hearted, the trail involves both hiking and rock climbing, and traverses over 25 miles from Bembridge in the east right over to the far west of the island.
If it’s a more leisurely walk you’re looking for, then how about walking from Bembridge and heading south along the coast until you reach beautiful Sandown. The area hosts many nice tearooms, pubs and restaurants where the whole family can enjoy a nice meal together, and it’s also home to the island’s most fantastic white sand beaches. A daytrip to the zoo in Sandown is also an option, or perhaps just taking in the magnificent views at Culver Down at sunset would be more your thing.
Whatever you fancy, not having a car on the Isle of Wight is not an issue. Your feet can take you to a wealth of beautiful, fun and interesting places on those days when you fancy a day off from your holiday on Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park.