It is a fabulous holiday destination, near enough to travel for a short stay and yet, visitors feel they are getting away from it all. 

Walkers can pick from 300 miles of footpaths allowing exploration of the island.  What is more there are no big towns or industrial estates, but instead chalky downs, gorgeous sandy beaches and pretty woodlands. 

It is worth looking at Sherpa Expeditions latest offering which includes two new trips to the Isle of Wight:

Coastal walking

Walkers can join a trip around the island and enjoy picture-postcard beauty in abundance.  Awesome sea views across the Solent and the English Channel along with white cliffs and sea-stacks provide perfect photography opportunities. 

The itinerary includes visiting the holiday home of Queen Victoria; Osborne House,  the thatched church at Freshwater Bay and timeless seaside resorts including  Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown.

The trip duration is 8 days at a cost of around £590 per person.  This includes accommodation in traditional pubs, family-run guesthouses and small hotels offering B&B. 

Get on your bike!

An alternative is to explore the island on bicycle beginning at the seaside resort of Ryde.  Suitable for most fitness levels the route is circular and the distances are manageable, allowing time to admire the island’s natural beauty. 

The itinerary takes in Cowes, the unique brick-built Quarr Abbey, the Freshwater Bay path which follows an old railway line, the tidal estuary at Newport and lastly Chale which is the shipwreck capital of this beautiful island.

Priced at £480 per person for 5 days exploration the trip also includes bicycle hire, accommodation in traditional pubs, family-run guesthouses and small hotels on a B&B basis.

Holidaying on the Isle of Wight is fun.  It is a lovely island and also very welcoming to visitors. 

To find out more about walking and bicycling holidays, telephone 0208 875 5070, or visit: