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Message posted by Dan-w on 17/7/2014 at 5:57am
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Morning all

 

I have a week booked in the isle of White with my wife and 2 son’s (7 & 3) for the first week in Aug, we have been looking online at things to do and see whilst there but would really like to hear anyone’s recommendations of things not to miss.

 

I am not a big fan of amusements and such like so I am not concerned about Blackgang chine etc, any good family friendly walks? I found a few online but it would be great to hear first hand.

 

Thank in advance


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Hi try googleing the Tennyson Trail ,brilliant trail ,great views and one of many walks

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Thanks Kenny, I had seen a few of these routes on the visit isle of white site, this potentially could be a bit long for my youngest but i could most likley find a circular route to take in the last section from Freshwater bay and back again using a OS map


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The Neadles is a good day out. There are some rides, the chair lift down to the beach etc, but you also have the new and old Neadles Battery which are National Trust, our 6 year old loved it there.
Depends where your staying, but we have also parked at Shanklin train station (£1.50 a day), and purchased tickets for the train, which included the hovercraft, and visited Portsmouth and then used Tesco vouchers for the Spinnaker Tower.

This year we are going to visit the Sandown Zoo.
Are you taking bikes with you? The Isle of Wight has some lovely cycle tracks, and on many you are off road, so safer for riding with children.

Also a heads up, parking can become expensive, but check the Isle of Wight council website and they have started to issue Island wide parking permits for visitors which offer a good saving.

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Quote: Originally posted by mummyintent on 18/7/2014
The Neadles is a good day out. There are some rides, the chair lift down to the beach etc, but you also have the new and old Neadles Battery which are National Trust, our 6 year old loved it there.
Depends where your staying, but we have also parked at Shanklin train station (£1.50 a day), and purchased tickets for the train, which included the hovercraft, and visited Portsmouth and then used Tesco vouchers for the Spinnaker Tower.

This year we are going to visit the Sandown Zoo.
Are you taking bikes with you? The Isle of Wight has some lovely cycle tracks, and on many you are off road, so safer for riding with children.

Also a heads up, parking can become expensive, but check the Isle of Wight council website and they have started to issue Island wide parking permits for visitors which offer a good saving.

 

Thanks, unfortunately we have decided not to take the bikes, our youngest is
getting too big for the trailer but has not quite got the hang of his bike enough to ride comfortably with us.

 

Thanks for the tip on the parking also!


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Hi me again ( www.visitisleofwight.co.uk ) is worth taking a look at all sorts of info there including walks maps etc

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Thanks Kenny, I have been taking lots of details down from there. Trying to make myself up an info pack with everything I might need to save having to resort to 3g internet when away.

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Hi

If you like animals then Amazon World is good as some of it's undercover so good if the weather isn't so great.

Shanklin Chine is nice and it's illuminated in the evening although this will probably be too late for your children.

We also parked at Puckpool Park nr Ryde when we were there and walked to Appley Tower and Appley park. It was FREE to park when we went there and it's (from memory) a flat level walk. There is a tea garden and I think mini golf at Puckpool. I think you can walk on in to Ryde if you're feeling energetic but we didn't get as far as that!

Ventnor Botanic Gardens are nice but may be boring with a 7 and 3 yr old. But, if you then walk down to Steephill Cove from there you have a small scenic sandy beach with rock pools for the kids. They also have a couple of beach cafés. But, be warned the clue is the name but it is worth it!

Hope you have a great time.


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Quote: Originally posted by Mrs E on 01/8/2014
Hi

If you like animals then Amazon World is good as some of it's undercover so good if the weather isn't so great.

Shanklin Chine is nice and it's illuminated in the evening although this will probably be too late for your children.

We also parked at Puckpool Park nr Ryde when we were there and walked to Appley Tower and Appley park. It was FREE to park when we went there and it's (from memory) a flat level walk. There is a tea garden and I think mini golf at Puckpool. I think you can walk on in to Ryde if you're feeling energetic but we didn't get as far as that!

Ventnor Botanic Gardens are nice but may be boring with a 7 and 3 yr old. But, if you then walk down to Steephill Cove from there you have a small scenic sandy beach with rock pools for the kids. They also have a couple of beach cafés. But, be warned the clue is the name but it is worth it!

Hope you have a great time.


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Excellent thanks Mrs E Were headding off on Sunday so cant wait now!!


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Ah, glad you've seen this Dan-w

Sunday (IMO) is a good day to travel as it's usually quieter and probably cheaper on the ferry crossing.

Make sure you pick up a copy of the free (tourist) magazine on the ferry over. I know Red Funnel have them and I'm sure Wightlink will as well. It'll give you lots more suggestions for days out and there may be some money off offers/coupons.

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Thanks everyone for your advice we returned on Monday following a wonderful 9 days, I will write up a site review and post some pictures in the trip reports section when I have time.

Puckpool park was a great tip and provided free parking for a day on a pretty much deserted beach at Appleby, Amazon world was a great afternoon out when the weather was a little cloudy and we had a lovely walk from the needles up to the old battery then along the cliffs to a nice pub back inland a little. We are already planning out trip for next year as 9 days was not nearly enough time

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Glad you had a great time Dan. Really pleased to hear that the parking is still free at Puckpool Park as I think it's 3 or 4 yrs ago that we last visited IOW.

Our first visit was for 2wks and we felt like we'd not seen and done everything. This is why we went back the following year for 10 nights to do the things we didn't fit in the first time.

I feel there's lots to do on the island and many warrant a return visit!

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