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8 things to do when you visit the Isle of Wight

PUBLISHED: 14:51 19 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:51 19 January 2017

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From the Needles to the west and Bembridge in the east, there is plenty happening on the Isle of Wight. Here are some great things to do if you’re visiting…

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1. Karting

Believe it or not, go-karting is a popular activity on the Isle of Wight. With rave reviews and a 500m all weather track, Wight Karting is a perfect venue for those looking for an adrenaline filled activity whilst visiting the island. Walk-in prices start at just £15.

Brading Road, Westridge, Ryde;

2. Pubs

For its relatively small size, the Isle of Wight is actually home to a good number of pubs making it a wonderful place to sample some of Britain’s finest ale. There’s the White Hart Inn in Havenstreet offering a plethora of homemade dishes; The Anchor, one of Cowes’ oldest pubs; and The New Inn in Shalfeet with its fireplaces and beamed ceilings.

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3. Walks

The Isle of Wight has some exceptional walks with some of the best views of the English Channel and the Solent. The Island itself is home to over 500 miles of beautifully maintained and well signposted trails, so one can never be short of places to go. There are some quieter routes for those that prefer privacy and that feeling of tranquillity.

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4. Rock Climbing

Don’t look down! If you’ve just finished that go karting in Ryde and still want another exhilarating experience, head on down to Sandown Rocks which is home to a 45 feet high climbing wall and 16 rope lines covering a whopping 48 routes, making it perfect for all abilities.

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5. Driving

For those that love the twists and turns of scenic country roads, look no further than the Isle of Wight. If you’re stuck for something to do, head to the island’s roads and you’re sure to end up somewhere interesting. And if not, the views will more than make up for it.

6. Hovercraft

If you’ve visited the Isle of Wight before you may have hopped on a ferry, but why not try something a tad more adventurous and head to the island via hovercraft? From Southsea to Ryde in around 10 minutes, Hover Travel provide the fastest crossing of the Solent.

7. Sailing

Surrounded by some of the best sailing waters in the English channel with exceptional conditions during most of the year, sailing is one of the most thrilling sports to enjoy on the Isle of Wight. There are an abundance of sailing clubs on the island offering boat hiring, tuition and more.

8. Isle of Wight Festival

This event has cemented its place as one of the top festivals in the country with recent headliners ranging from Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Jay-Z to Fleetwood Mac and Paul McCartney. Run DMC, Rod Stewart and Arcade Fire have been announced as 2017 headliners with the festival taking place between 8-11 June and tickets at £195 for the full weekend.

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