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June

June

Downs and beaches
The Isle of Wight’s great outdoors has miles of rolling downs (Walk across Tennyson Down and West High Down to the Needles! www.nationaltrust.org.uk) and sandy beaches for swimming. Compton Bay is close by for surfing.

Check out the other outdoor activities (coasteering, sea kayaking, mountain boarding, bushcraft and archery for example) with the Adventure Activities Isle of Wight. You can even walk with West Wight Alpacas.

We have lots of history and culture, too. Yarmouth Castle, Carisbrooke Castle and Queen Victoria’s Osborne House are easily reached by bus or car. You can walk to both castles from Rabbit’s Bothie. Carisbrooke is a real leg stretcher across Compton Down and Brook Down.
English Heritage.  Southern Vectis.

Freshwater Bay

Freshwater Bay

Rabbit’s Bothie helps to promote responsible tourism, rural accommodation and the simple pleasures of rambling, cycling, bird watching, sketching and photography.

Other popular activities in West Wight are golfing, horse riding, paragliding, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing.

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The Needles

The Needles Lighthouse

A four-mile walk from Rabbit’s burrow across Tennyson Down and West High Down brings you to the Needles. It takes around 1/2 hour to reach the Tennyson Monument, before you carry on to the famous rocks and the Old Battery, a Victorian fort built in 1862, now owned by the National Trust. There are dramatic views over the Needles from an underground tunnel. Nearby are the 20th-century New Battery and rocket test-launch station for communications satellites. The Old Battery sells homemade food in its cliff top tea-room; but for a really special cream tea,  Warren Farm, Alum Bay, is the place to go.

The Needles web camera and weather station

Freshwater Bay

Village Store

Rabbit’s Bothie self-catering cottage on the Isle of Wight
is just three minutes’ walk from
–  the photography museum at Dimbola
–  St Agnes church with its thatched roof
– the Piano Cafe
–  hiking trails on Tennyson Down
– the village grocery store, Orchards.

There is a selection of paths onto Tennyson Down from Gate Lane, the road leading to the beach at Freshwater Bay and Afton Marsh. In the other direction, Bedbury Lane leads to Farringford, the former home of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The bus stops for Totland Bay, Freshwater village, the Island capital Newport, the Needles* and Alum Bay* are just round the corner from the bothy by St Agnes church.
*seasonal Needles Breezer

The Military Road rises steeply from Freshwater Bay, and provides a spectacular drive or walk along the West Wight cliff tops. Compton Bay is popular with surfers and at low tide you can see fossilised logs and dinosaur footprints.

Video from Visit Isle of Wight: Brook Bay to Alum Bay.

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Yarmouth

River Yar

Recommended Reading
Tennyson’s Gift (fiction), Lynne Truss
Published by Profile Books

The Trespasser, DH Lawrence

Winston’s Island, Anthony Churchill
www.winstonsisland.co.uk

Crimson Short Walks #27 – Isle of Wight
www.totalwalking.co.uk

Walking Map
Ordnance Survey: Explorer OL29 Isle of Wight

 

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West Wight Facts and Figures
– Yarmouth is just 30 minutes by ferry from Lymington, Hampshire
– Wightlink has off-peak and short break offers telephone 0871 376 1000 or visit www.wightlink.co.uk
– the number seven bus towards Alum Bay brings you from Yarmouth’s quayside to Church Place, Old Freshwater
– the taxi rank is also right by the ferry terminal
– in the 19th century Lord Tennyson and the pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron both lived at Freshwater Bay
– Britain tested its launch rockets for the early communications satellites from the headland above the Needles rocks
– and in the same area, Marconi sent his first wireless telegraph transmissions

Freshwater Bay

Freshwater Bay

The area round Freshwater Bay is officially designated an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). Many downs and beaches belong to the National Trust.

We work with our friends and neighbours to balance the needs of the local environment with the needs of everyone who lives here and comes to visit us. Freshwater Bay is very special.


Other useful information
A quick history
Beaches
Bird watching
Days out by car

Isle of Wight

Brook Chine

Events and festivals
Isle of Wight dialect
Local walks
Nights under the stars
Places to eat and drink
Rainy Days
Things to do West Wight
Rural Winter Breaks

 

and one of the world’s best bike rides
…including the Military Road at Compton Bay.

Taxis
Jay’s                01983 756555
Mick’s              01983 752936
Norton             01983 759955
Rayner’s          01983 752784

 

skewt

Drive you back …in your own car
01983 200122
www.skewt.co.uk

 

 

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Make the most of your Isle of Wight self-catering holiday with Island produce from our West Wight farm shops and markets …or have a meal at a local pub or restaurant that uses fresh produce from local suppliers.

 

Taste of the Wight

Taste of the Wight

Isle of Wight

Ask us about the Taste of the Wight gift hamper, a selection of Isle of Wight produce to take home for your friends and family
(if you can keep your hands of it!) It’s just £60 for something a little bit different as a souvenir of your Island holiday.

 


 

Rabbit's Verandah

Rabbit’s Verandah

Rabbit’s Bothie
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Freshwater Bay
Isle of Wight
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