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3 things to do on the Isle of Wight

Learn to sail

Yachts on the Round the Island Race, Isle of Wight

Yachts on the Round the Island Race

There are plenty of ways to learn to sail or to get out on the water on the Isle of Wight. Then once you are proficient you can hire anything from a dinghy to chartering a large yacht. UKSA and the Medina Valley Sailing Centre offer courses in learning to sail and getting better at sailing. For kids there is the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme at the Island Youth Water Activities Centre (IYWAC) in Cowes and Wight Waters between Sandown and Shanklin beach offer dinghy racing lessons for both adults and children.

Hire a beach hut

Beach huts in Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Beach huts in Shanklin

Of course, one of the best things about the Isle of Wight is its beaches, wherever you go on the Island, you’re never too far away from the sea. The main resorts of Shanklin, Sandown, Ryde and Ventnor all have traditional beach huts for a home from home overlooking the beach, so you can put your feet up and relax while the children enjoy the lovely sandy beaches. There’s also watersports to enjoy or the simple pleasures of sandcastle building and rock pooling.

Walk around the Island

walking on the Isle of Wight

Woodland walk on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is fairly small, there’s a coastal path which runs all the way round, approximately 70 miles in total, as well as numerous inland walking trails. There’s some fairly rugged walking in West Wight, and a number of well-marked trails with fantastic views, such as the Tennyson Trail. The east side of the Island is much flatter, and there’s lots of great walking to be had either along the cliff tops or at sea level along the esplanades.