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{"LocationDetails":{"Id":97,"Name":"Freshwater \u0026 West Wight","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur Guide to Freshwater Holidays\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFreshwater is the largest village in the west Wight. There is a small shopping street with The Memorial Hall at one end hosting Saturday table top sales or vegetable shows. At the other end of the village is a garden centre and a lovely little cafe where the old railway station used to be. The End of the Line is outstanding and used by locals because of its great food and good value.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAlong Terrace lane is Dimbola Lodge. The home of Julia Margaret Cameron is now a photography museum and home to examples of early equipment as well as lots of old photographs, especially of the \u0026ldquo;Tennyson Set\u0026quot; including Alfred, Lord Tennyson, displayed in the galleries. . The beautiful house and the tea rooms are fabulous.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSituated just a short walk from Freshwater Bay beach. Dimbola Lodge is also home to photographs of the original IOW festival in 1970. There is a wide range of photographic exhibits here and is well worth a visit. The parking is free and there\u0026rsquo;s good access for wheelchairs to the ground floor, they also have a chair lift to the upper floor.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eFreshwater walks\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFreshwater Bay beach is heavenly. Set in a beautiful Bay, the beach is a mix of stone and chalk stone. The beach is good for swimming or sunbathing. On the right side, high on the cliff there is the old Fort Redoubt, now a private home. As dusk falls the bay is a picture postcard of gentle lapping water and silent moored boats with their lights twinkling.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAs with a lot of the west Wight, there is very little light pollution, so stargazing from Freshwater beach is a joy. There is a small tearoom on the road at the rear of the beach and a ticketed car park as well as the Freshwater Inshore Lifeboat and its shop.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eFrom the bay, there is a magnificent walk along the grassland up to Tennysons monument. What a terrific view is waiting for you at the top. You will need good walking footwear here as there are no pathways. From Tennysons monument follow the pathway through the copse and down past the car park to Highdown Lane.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eFreshwater restaurants\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eStay on this road to the junction with Moons Hill and you will meet one of the best pubs in the west Wight. The Highdown Inn offers excellent food. Not only, as you would expect, excellent seafood but, depending on the season, local caught game too. The Highdown is a pub for all seasons, a proper old Inn: in summer surrounded by wonderful walks and scenery and in colder months a roaring fire and hearty food. Well-kept beer and a selection of real ales make the walk worth it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you would prefer to have an outstanding sea view while you eat then you should go to the Waterfront. Situated very slightly outside of Freshwater at Totland Bay this is a superb location for the whole family. The Waterfront does have chargeable parking but, if your bill is over \u0026pound;20, they take the parking charge off. You can choose from a range of real ales and the menu is extensive. There is a decked seating area where the dog can have a bowl of water too. The food is freshly cooked and absolutely delicious.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003ePlaces to visit in Freshwater\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you decide to go to the end of the island you will find the most famous landmark perhaps in the UK - the Needles Lighthouse and the Needles battery which was the sight of rocket testing and even moon rocket development. There is a huge amount of history in the displays and exhibits at the old battery plus an excellent tea room and the views not bad either.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Old Battery is only accessible on foot or by the Breezer bus which is an open topped vehicle running between Yarmouth (by the ferry terminal) and The Needles. You pay once and can hop on and off as many times as you like during the day, there is also a commentary so you know what you\u0026rsquo;re seeing on the route.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"freshwater-west-wight","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/Freshwater Bay.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Isle of Wight Walking Festival ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWalkers have trudged their way to the Isle of Wight for its annual walking festival for 15 years, and it always includes a packed programme of walks and events to suit all fitness levels and interests. This award-winning festival is all about enjoying the views of the island, walking and meeting new people, and its imaginative themes and walks keep it fresh every May and October.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou can choose from easy, moderate and difficult walks to that you won\u0026rsquo;t be left puffing at the back of the group, and the themes included guided fossil walks, special ones for children and even speed dating walks (which now boast 3 weddings as a result!).\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re seeking views and fresh air rather than romance, the event also includes woodland, coastal and informative walks over a period of 16 days. Walk the Wight is a sponsored walk and regular festival highlight and the nicest thing about this event is that it attracts all ages and people from all walks (sorry we couldn\u0026rsquo;t resist) of life.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Isle of Wight Walking Festival is the biggest walking festival in the UK and the programmes are always available in advance to help you plan a walking holiday around it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7,"LocationLongitude":-1.28938,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/St Catherines Lighthouse 2.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/sandown/the-isle-of-wight-walking-festival","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/St Catherines Lighthouse 2.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Amazon World Zoo Park ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eAmazon World is by far the most exotic Isle of Wight attraction. The zoo park is a relaxing rainforest experience, with the chance to see over 200 species of animal as you explore. The zoo park is home to hundreds of rare breeds and exotic species, so it\u0026#39;s a place to see quirky creatures and everything from the weird to the wonderful.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are so many species in the park that even the staff are certain how many there are, but when they last counted there were more than two hundred. Amazon World Zoo Park houses primates, penguins, parrots, Kinkajou (we\u0026rsquo;re not sure either!) and many more unusual animals from around the world.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026#39;s always rewarding to see the kids learning while they enjoy a day out, and the keepers\u0026#39; talks around the park enable them to find out everything there is to know about the animals. Look out for displays during your visit too, as they\u0026#39;re a great way to see the animals. The whole attraction is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and it\u0026rsquo;s open everyday from 10am.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6565,"LocationLongitude":-1.22069,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/meerkat.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/freshwater-west-wight/amazon-world-zoo-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/meerkat.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Freshwater Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eFreshwater sits on the most westerly tip of the Isle of Wight and not only is it a great place for an invigorating walk but Freshwater Bay is a friendly little beach that\u0026rsquo;s always popular with families. With a mixture of sand and shingle, the beach has a dramatic feel to it thanks to the looming cliffs at either end and it\u0026rsquo;s well-served by all those facilities that make a day out with the children much more fun.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find a car park just across the road and the beach is adjacent to the bus route, and the downs above the bay are home to an 18-hole golf course so golfers can enjoy the coastal views while they tee off. The beach has toilets and cafes close by too so although not the biggest of Isle of Wight beaches it\u0026rsquo;s a convenient one and makes a nice spot to spend some time out with the family.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHere\u0026rsquo;s a fact to impress your clan with while you\u0026rsquo;re there, Freshwater Bay was home to the Victorian Poet Laureate Tennyson, and the area\u0026rsquo;s views inspired him on his daily walks on the downs. Dogs are welcome all year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.683,"LocationLongitude":-1.54441,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/Freshwater Bay.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/freshwater-west-wight/freshwater-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/Freshwater Bay.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Isle of Wight Festival","Body":"\u003cdiv\u003e\r\n\t\u003cdiv\u003e\r\n\t\t\u003cdiv\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\u003cdiv property=\"content:encoded\"\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\t\u003cp\u003eThe island pulsates with noise each summer as The Isle of Wight Festival and its thousands of fans arrive for another celebration of music. This famous Isle of Wight event is held at Newport and has now run for more than 15 years. It plays host to some of the music scene\u0026rsquo;s biggest names, with acts scrambling to headline in this unique location, and this is one of those festivals that\u0026rsquo;s loved for its atmosphere as much as the live entertainment.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\t\u003cp\u003eWho says festivals mean curling up in a tent at the end of the night? There\u0026rsquo;s a campsite for those who enjoy the full festival experience, although non resident tickets are available and the ferries run 24 hours over the festival period so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to get back to the mainland or your accommodation whenever you\u0026rsquo;re ready. If you make a break of it and stay on the island you\u0026rsquo;ll find bus services operate as normal.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\t\u003cp\u003eThe Isle of Wight has a long history with the live music scene, and one of Jimi Hendrix\u0026rsquo;s last performances was held on the island. The festival attracts the biggest acts around each year, as well as the odd blast from the past, so there\u0026rsquo;s something for everyone.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\t\t\t\u003c/div\u003e\r\n\t\t\u003c/div\u003e\r\n\t\u003c/div\u003e\r\n\u003c/div\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7086,"LocationLongitude":-1.28674,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/Bestival 2.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"newport-country/cowes/the-isle-of-wight-festival","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/Bestival 2.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Hamstead Trail","Body":"\u003cp\u003eSurely the ultimate Wight walk has got to be covering a section of it from north to south, and that\u0026rsquo;s exactly what the Hamstead Trail does. This popular Isle of Wight walk covers the west of the island from the north tip to the south and the trail is part of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path. The walk is seven miles long and there are some landmarks to look out for along the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eGaribaldi planted an oak tree at Brook House, and Brook Hill House was once home to the author J.B.Priestley. You\u0026rsquo;ll also pass Hanover Point, which is notable for the remains of a petrified forest which can be seen when the tide goes out. This walk is seven miles.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you start at the north section close to Newton Creek you\u0026rsquo;ll pass through a section of woodland which is home to the island\u0026rsquo;s infamous Red Squirrels so keep your eyes peeled for them, as you go. The views from Brook Downs will take your breath away, and you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to see all the way from The Needles to the west \u0026nbsp;to St Catherine\u0026rsquo;s Point to the south \u0026ndash; so if it\u0026rsquo;s views you\u0026rsquo;re after walk this trail.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5926,"LocationLongitude":-1.21851,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/101/2013/06/Ventnor-003.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/freshwater-west-wight/hamstead-trail","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/101/2013/06/Ventnor-003.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Little Gloster Restaurant","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Little Gloster Restaurant is a little way out from the hustle and bustle (it\u0026rsquo;s in Gurnard) and it stands apart from the crowd in every way. With gorgeous views across the Solent the restaurant specialises in Scandinavian-influenced food taught to the owner by his Danish grandmother, and it offers a warm atmosphere throughout the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like your food honest and simple you\u0026rsquo;ll be in your element when you see the menu, it\u0026rsquo;s kept purposefully simple to showcase all the flavours of the local produce. Here\u0026rsquo;s a little tip if you\u0026rsquo;re planning on visiting, time your meal for a sunset as the sight of the sun melting into the water makes whichever dish you choose even more special.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Little Gloster always inspires warm reviews on TripAdvisor, with diners describing the relaxing setting, the welcoming service and one even describes it as \u0026ldquo;a hidden gem\u0026rdquo;.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you happen to find yourself on the island for Cowes week book a table for lunch one day as you\u0026rsquo;ll have a great view of the racing while you dine. This is a nice restaurant to bear in mind for a special occasion or a romantic meal for two and the fuss-free menu means it\u0026rsquo;s even a hit with children.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7563,"LocationLongitude":-1.33177,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/04/tiramisu.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/cowes/the-little-gloster-restaurant","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/04/tiramisu.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Tennyson Down","Body":"\u003cp\u003eNamed after the Victorian Poet Laureate who spent hours wandering the area, Tennyson Down is one of the Isle of Wight\u0026rsquo;s most iconic areas and it\u0026rsquo;s still a beautiful part of the island. Tennyson wandered the downland for at least four hours every day when he lived on the Isle of Wight and the space was named after him when he died.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s easy to see why the views inspired some of the finest poetry of his era, as sheer chalk cliffs plunge down to crashing waves and the sea views are dramatic in any season. The walk between Freshwater Bay and the Needles is probably the most trodden one on the Isle of Wight, and it\u0026rsquo;s an easy one for those of you who want to see some of the scenery on foot but aren\u0026rsquo;t really game for a hike.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eMany return year after year, as this is one of those walks that changes with the weather. The sea looks translucent far below the chalk cliffs as the light bounces off the waves, and if you sit for awhile you\u0026rsquo;ll see birds that call the cliffs home soaring along the horizon.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s no doubt about it, Tennyson Down is a special place to spend time, and the imposing monument to Tennyson means walkers never forget that they\u0026rsquo;re treading the footsteps of one of the greatest poets of all time. Imagine his cloaked figure stomping the grass as he pondered his latest work, and he valued his private walks so much that once fans started gathering outside his home he built a bridge to the Down to avoid them.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.6666,"LocationLongitude":-1.54167,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/09/tennyson-down.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/freshwater-west-wight/tennyson-down","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/09/tennyson-down.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Needles Park ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eHere you are ladies and gentlemen, it\u0026rsquo;s the ultimate Isle of Wight attraction, the iconic landmark and the one thing you must visit during your stay on the island \u0026ndash; The Needles Park. The Needles rocks and lighthouse have become the Isle of Wight\u0026rsquo;s most known, photographed and famous landmarks \u0026ndash; and the Needles Park at Alum Bay means the whole family can enjoy them with a great day out.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe coloured sand cliffs loom behind the Needles rocks and the chairlift down to the beach is one of the most exhilarating ways to experience this unique and historic view. Other attractions include the 4D cinema experience, Jurassic golf, a traditional carousel and the Sand Shop. The shop is your chance to fill a souvenir with layers of the famous coloured sand, creating a unique souvenir from the beach. Entry to the park is free and the attractions are pay as you go.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Needles may look majestic but the years have seen them cause more than their share of shipwrecks. More than twenty lay on the sea bed today as the tides mean that the area is very difficult to dive. The lighthouse was automated in 1994, but until then it was manned by three keepers at any one time. The lighthouse keepers would work for two months at once and then have a month\u0026rsquo;s leave back on land, and these days it sounds a foghorn at 15 second intervals when visibility if limited.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.6666,"LocationLongitude":-1.5659,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/chairlift.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/freshwater-west-wight/the-needles-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/chairlift.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Yarmouth Castle","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOwned by the English Heritage, Yarmouth Castle was the last coastal defence built by the tyrannical Henry VIII, and it wasn\u0026rsquo;t finished until after he died in 1547. These days, the castle is used by visitors as a picturesque picnic spot, thanks to its elevated views across the shimmering Solent, and it\u0026rsquo;s a fun day out by the sea.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe rooms inside the imposing castle have been carefully furnished to demonstrate how they would have looked during the 16\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century and there\u0026rsquo;s an interesting exhibition on the many unfortunate shipwrecks that have taken place in the dangerous stretch of sea that can be seen from the site.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYarmouth Castle may have been the last of Henry VIII\u0026rsquo;s castle, but it was also the most advances, and visitors can still see the pioneering \u0026lsquo;arrowhead\u0026rsquo; artillery bastion that was the first of its kind in the country when it was completed.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe castle is open to the public between 29\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e March and 31\u003csup\u003est\u003c/sup\u003e October (including bank holidays) and assistance dogs are welcome inside. There\u0026rsquo;s a car park nearby (under five minutes\u0026rsquo; walk), a shop and dogs are welcome in the grounds on leads. The picnic areas enjoy uninterrupted views across Yarmouth harbour and the Solent, so this is a beautiful vantage point.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.7068,"LocationLongitude":-1.50004,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/canon.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/sandown/yarmouth-castle","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/canon.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Needles Old Battery and New Battery","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s more to the Needles story than just the breathtaking views of the landmark, the Needles batteries sit high above them right on the tip of the Isle of Wight \u0026ndash; and they have their own story to tell.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Needles Old Battery dates back to 1862, and it doesn\u0026rsquo;t only make for a beautiful vantage point to admire views across the Solent but it\u0026rsquo;s played a part in both World Wars. A series of new rooms tell the story of the battery and its uses and the stories are illustrated with vibrant cartoons to bring them to life. The Parade Ground still includes a pair of original guns and if you follow the underground tunnel you\u0026rsquo;ll discover a searchlight emplacement which takes in dramatic views across the famous Needles rocks.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe New Battery holds a few surprises of its own too, and the modest exhibition in its underground spaces shows visitors how it was used for testing British rockets during the \u0026rsquo;race for space\u0026rsquo;. The creation of the rockets was cloaked in secrecy, and the battery (found just a little further along on the headland than the Old Battery) made the perfect testing place.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll also find a tea room at the site. Admission to the New Battery is free.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6623,"LocationLongitude":-1.57639,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/dinis.avila/2013/08/needles1.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/freshwater-west-wight/the-needles-old-battery-and-new-battery","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/dinis.avila/2013/08/needles1.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Compton Bay and Downlands","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s no need to pick between coast and countryside with a day out at Compton Bay as not only is this one of the most popular beaches on the island but it\u0026rsquo;s surrounded by a huge expanse of sprawling downland. So, if the children want to take their bucket and spades to the beach and you grown ups want to stretch your legs this day out is perfect.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find Compton Bay and Downs right at the heart of the south west of the island and the beach has a section that welcomes dog walkers throughout the year. The wide beach means that there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of room on the sand even on a busy summer\u0026rsquo;s day, and if you fancy taking the board along this is a popular spot for surfing.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re not from the Isle of Wight then you\u0026rsquo;ll never stop appreciating the sight of the coloured cliffs, and the ones that back Compton are beautiful. The beach is sheltered by colourful cliffs and the area\u0026rsquo;s history dates right back to the time when dinosaurs roamed. They make a striking backdrop to the sandy beach and their geological history stretches right back to the days when dinosaurs roamed.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe downland is a haven for butterflies and flowers, so it makes a nice place for a coastal walk. The Tennyson Trail passes the top of the ridge but if you want a gentle stroll than you\u0026rsquo;ll have your pick of shorter walks.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6567,"LocationLongitude":-1.47574,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/tara/2013/08/Compton Bay 3.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"isle-of-wight/freshwater-west-wight/compton-bay-and-downlands","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/tara/2013/08/Compton Bay 3.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Freshwater Way","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf you want to walk the Wight without too much exertion (you\u0026rsquo;re on holiday after all) the Freshwater Way is an easy route that takes in some of the best views on the island. 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