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RABBIT’S BOTHIE

Rabbit’s Bothie is just three minutes’ walk from the photography museum at Dimbola; St Agnes church with its thatched roof; and Orchard’s, the village grocer. There is a selection of paths onto the National Trust’s Tennyson Down from Gate Lane, the road leading to the beach at Freshwater Bay and Afton Marsh. In the other direction, […]


WEST WIGHT MOMENTS

wightpod

West Wight Moments . . . a selection of video clips from around our coastline Plus a few more short videos and a video postcard, too.   Round the Island Race, the Needles, 30 June 2012, from Wightpod on Vimeo West Wight Coast  from Wightpod on Vimeo Good Enough piano mix by George Ellinas Tennyson Monument […]


SPECIAL EVENTS

There are all sorts of special events taking place across the Island throughout the year. West Wight is a great place to stay and plan your days out. Right on our doorstep here at Freshwater Bay we have Dimbola Museum and Galleries, home to photography exhibitions and a great selection of live music events including Dimbola […]


WELCOME BOARDS

Look out for the Welcome Boards with a map of West Wight. Locations include the Piano Cafe in Freshwater Bay and Off the Rails in Yarmouth.   The Piano Cafe, a cafe and mezze bar at Freshwater Bay, is opposite the thatched-roof church and just a short stroll from the beach. Homemade cakes are served with […]


THE ISLE OF WIGHT AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY

Shorwell, Isle of Wight, West Wight

Two heritage coasts The Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) was designated in 1963.  Covering approximately 191 square kilometres, the AONB covers half the land area of the Island. In 1974 two heritage coasts were defined in West Wight, Tennyson in the south and Hamstead in the north.  Together these special areas […]


WEST WIGHT HISTORIC LANDSCAPE

Wight tourism

West Wight has many historic reminders of a turbulent past within its landscape. The threat of invasion from France led to the construction of a number of unique buildings that still stand today. There is much evidence of long-standing settled communities, some of it seen most strikingly from the air; but many sites and treasures are hidden […]


THE ROUGH AND THE SMOOTH

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, Freshwater, West Wight

Sea kayaking, coasteering, stand-up paddle boarding, river canoeing, mountain biking, archery… if you want Isle of Wight adventure activities for the whole family, West Wight has it all. Freshwater Bay offers spectacular paddling with remote coves, caves, creeks, sheltered harbours, sea stacks and the Needles not far away. Sheltered and rough waters in exposed tidal […]


TASTE OF THE WIGHT

Isle of Wight

Pick up your free copy of Taste of the Wight on board the ferry or at one of the selected outlets across the Island. Taste of the Wight is your guide to the very best Island produce, farm shops, markets, village stores and places to eat across the Isle of Wight. Self-catering Buying Island produce […]


WEST WIGHT: A SECRET TO SHARE

Isle of Wight

West Wight is the quiet side of the Island. The picturesque landscape of the West Wight is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). Much of it is protected by the National Trust. But you’ll have heard of our most famous natural landmarks the Needles rocks and the coloured sands of Alum Bay. As […]


THE WILD WEST OF WIGHT

butterfly, Compton Down, Isle of Wight, West Wight

Wherever you are in West Wight you’ll be close to areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs), sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) and National Trust coastline. It’s easy to enjoy the simple pleasures of walking, cycling, watching birds and other wildlife, sketching and photography. Many village gardens are havens for wildlife with bird boxes, bug […]


WIGHT SURF HISTORY

Isle of Wight, surfing, Wight, history

The Wight Surf History Project celebrating 50 years of surfing on the Isle of Wight. The Wight Surf History Project tells the story of how surfing arrived and evolved on the Isle of Wight, and the lively characters involved in Island surfing since the early 1960s. In those days surfing was something of an experiment […]


ON THE DOWNS ABOVE COMPTON BAY

Above Compton Bay

  The Mottistone Long Stone, a five-metre tall sandstone megalith on the downs above Compton Bay, has a second stone lying at its foot. The remaining outlines of the original New Stone Age tomb and grass mound are well defined on the downs above Compton Bay. The barrow is aligned with the summer solstice sunrise. […]


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All content © 2017 by Albany Associates

Editorial: Albany Associates
Photography (Gallery and Slideshow): Jason Swain