Walking, biking, things to do and see…

Walking, cycling or horse riding are a major draw on the Isle of Wight with 500 miles of footpaths and hundreds of bridleways including the Islands coastal path these activities are a brilliant way to really experience the beauty and diversity of the place. With just over half of the Island a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it’s not surprising that the Island hosts walking festivals and cycling festivals and events throughout the year.

The Isle of Wight walking festival takes place in May every year where many group walks are organised including the apparently very popular speed dating walk. But it’s worth checking out their website at any time of the year because you can look up a whole host of walks around the Island to suit all types of walkers. We are also posting some of our favourite walks from isle of Yoga here’s Shanklin to Ventnor through the wonderful Landslip area, or another route over the Downs.

Cycling on the Island is a dream for mountain bikers particularly as the Island is traversed by bridleways and has such a diverse environment with easy to challenging routes available. The cycling festival is at the end of September with a whole host of varied rides and competitions including the ‘Hills Killer’.

Perhaps you prefer four legs instead of two? Allendale riding stables in Godshill offer country rides and also ‘picnic, pub’ rides, whilst at  Sally’s riding school in Bembridge and in the summer at St Helens you can take a ride along the beach.

Also you cannot forget The Isle of Wight’s pre-historic presence, it’s up there as one of the worlds best dinosaur fossil finding destinations. It is home to several new discoveries. Including the ‘Vectidraco daisymorrisae’ a new species of pterosaur named after the 4 year old girl “Daisy’ who found it!

The pterosaur has since been donated to the Natural History Museum which recently named the Isle of Wight as the “dinosaur capital of Great Britain”.

Apart from Dinosaurs, the Isle of Wight has a remarkable diversity spanning the whole of the Cretaceous period. In some locations such as Alum Bay and Whitecliff Bay, you can see the transition of these beds in vertical strata along the cliffs. To see some of the fossils found on the Island visit Dinosaur Isle museum or book on one of their tours and maybe find your own…what would your new dinosaur be called?

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