Isle of Wight

Carefree short breaks & holidays

A ship sailing past The Needles © IW Tourism


A signpost at the summit of the downs

The downs © IW Tourism

The Isle of Wight is home to some of the most diverse countryside in the British Isles. What better way to unwind than to get out into the fresh air and explore?

It is an Island of extreme diversity: there is lush green countryside, ancient forests, woods, and villages, all framed by a coastline as dramatic as it is beautiful.

Venture a little off the beaten track and you will be rewarded with scenery that takes you breath away.

Over half of the Island is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with nearly 30 miles of the seashore designated as Heritage Coast, an accolade only applied to coastlines of the highest quality in England and Wales.

Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or something more energetic, you can discover historic farms, pretty lanes, thatched villages, coastal trails and woodlands. It is easy to find your way around, with over 500 miles of carefully maintained footpaths and signposts.

The Isle of Wight was the first UK county to be given national recognition by the Countryside Commission for the maintenance and signposting of its footpaths and bridleways. Walking, cycling and bird watching are popular all year round and each May the Island hosts the UK's largest annual walking festival.

Whatever you choose to do, whether it is following a pub walk, hiring bikes, or exploring secluded coves, your time on the Isle of Wight is something the whole family will enjoy.

See the natural visitor attractions guide to find out more about National Trust downs and other natural attractions on the Isle of Wight.