RIB at The Needles

We spent just over a week exploring the beautiful Isle of Wight, situated just off the south coast of the UK.

Sailing up from Weymouth we had stopped in Swanage and in Poole, before crossing over to Cowes and staying a week at East Cowes Marina on the east side of the River Medina.

We bought ourselves a 7 day ticket with Southern Vectis which allowed us unlimited travel across the island (£50 for 2 people) and went exploring!


Cowes is a world famous sailing destination. Home to the exclusive Royal Yacht Squadron yacht club the town is the starting point for the Round the Island race and the home of Cowes Week, one of the oldest and most respected regattas in the world!

The town is separated by the river Medina and as were staying in East Cowes we needed to get across. There is a floating bridge which runs regularly and cost us £1.50 each return as foot passengers. Interestingly you cannot get a single?

The main town of Cowes is awash with every sailing/boating clothing shop you can think of! However it also has an abundance of quaint tea shops, historic pubs, inviting restaurants and unique gift shops. The promenade along to Gurnard is a delightful stroll and provides wonderful views over the busy water way of the Solent.


The capital of the Island, Newport is situated in the centre of the island at the end of the river Medina. The main bus station is located here so as you can imagine we spent most days in the town! However it is a beautiful town to wander around full of Victorian and Georgian architecture, offering impressive sights.

We could actually walk to Newport from our marina along the Medina River Walk, approximately 4 miles. In fact you can do a circular loop right round but unfortunately we didnt get the chance this time.

The Needles

Of course the Needles is one of the most, if not the, most famous attraction on the island! So it was only right that we paid it a visit! Check out our full write up of the Needles Chairlift attraction and The Needles open top bus trip for full details.

Blackgang Chine

We may be grown ups but we just HAD to visit the UK’s oldest amusement park, even if it is catered mainly for children! Check out our blog piece www.bravesoulstravel.com/being-kids-again-at-blackgang-chine/ for full details and videos.


Yarmouth is situated on the western side of the island and operates a ferry service over to Lymington on the mainland. A relatively small town, Yarmouth offers cobbled streets with quaint cafes, shops and galleries. There is also a beautiful marina, castle and pier.


Such a beautiful village! Quintessentially English, Godshill is picture postcard! The town features thatched cottages, a medieval church, quaint tearooms and some of the oldest architecture on the Isle of Wight.  Here we visited the Model Village, a popular tourist attraction that is one of the oldest attractions on the island.


Another picturesque town is Shanklin. With golden, family friendly beaches, landscaped gardens and the famous Shanklin Chine, this town is well worth a visit.


The largest town on the island is Ryde, located on the north-east of the island. Often referred to as “The Gateway to the Island” due to its ferry and hovercraft services, the town is a popular destination for many. With miles of wide, sandy beaches, a 19th century pier and an esplanade full of family attractions, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.

VIDEO: Summer on the Isle of Wight

We haven’t included all our stops in this write up so here is a short video of our travels around the island. If you like it please give us a thumbs up and click here to subscribe to our channel for updates on new videos.

Exploring the Isle of Wight

One thought on “Exploring the Isle of Wight

  • February 25, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Lovely video. I used to visit the isle of wight as a child and love to get back when i can


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