Isle of Wight
Bembridge, the Best Village on the Isle of Wight
Bembridge, a village on the Isle of Wight, was simple a collection of wooden huts and farmhouses until the building of its first church in 1827. The next milestone in its development was the draining of Brading Hay a tidal estuary wide enough to separate this small village from the Isle of Wight. Hotels and a railway station were built on the reclaimed land and the Bembridge Sailing Club, now one of the oldest sailing clubs in the UK was founded a few years later. The club soon became the centre of a high society gatherings featuring the rich and famous. Today, Bembridge still has much to recommend it as a place to visit.
The Isle of Wight Walking Festival and Some Island Lore
Our path took us to the cliff edge where we could see the wild, natural coastline on both sides of us. By this time there was a chill in the air and I could see a light mist creeping towards us. I hoped we were not about to be enveloped in the notorious Swaalien. Would be transported back in time or to some foreign land?
The Bembridge Coast Hotel in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight
The hotel is situated so close to the coast that the beach is a natural extension of the lovely grounds that surround it. These grounds include a small pitch and putt course and a formal walled garden. Easy access to the beach means guests can walks along the beach. When the tide is out it is possible to walk from the hotel to Bembridge Harbour. A lovely long walk through impressive scenery. At high tide the Coast Path offers a pleasant alternative ...
The Isle of Wight Walking Festival and a Featured Walk
We followed a path that went into the woods before beginning a gradual ascent up the side of Sibden Hill. When we emerged at the top of the hill we had glorious views across the countryside and down to the sea. This hill is also known as the village green. When it was threatened by possible development the proposals were thwarted when local residents managed to register it as a village green ...
Five Intriguing Attractions on the Isle of Wight
In the past the Isle of Wight has attracted many famous residents and visitors. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert built their family home, near Cowes. Lord Alfred Tennyson, poet laureate and the most famous Victorian was also a resident on the island. Today, its delightful old-fashioned ambience and easy accessibility from England's mainland ensure that the island is still a popular destination...
Osborne: The Home that Albert Created for Victoria
Victoria was Queen of England and Albert was her Prince Consort when they decided they needed a home for their large family away from public eye. Their search took them to the Isle of Wight, a place that that Victoria already knew and liked. Improved railway communications meant it was possible to travel between London and the island in four hours. It was here they found the Osborne estate perched on a hill on the outskirts of Cowes ...
An Adventure on the Isle of Wight - Victoria's Island
After disembarking from the car ferry at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight I made my way to the Tourist Information centre a short distance from the terminal. Armed with bus timetables and maps I set off to find Osborne House. I had been assured it was just ten minutes up the hill. Twenty minutes later I realised I should have specified I was travelling on foot ...