The Isle of Wight is England’s largest island separated from the mainland by the Solent Strait and lying off the south coast of the county of Hampshire. This diamond-shaped island is the second smallest county in England spreading over 23 miles by 13 miles in length and width. Small it may be in size but the Isle of Wight has some spectacular places to see and exotic wildlife to explore, making it one of the most sought-after holiday islands in Britain.
A greater part of the island is assigned as the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty while the remaining part of the island is divided into farmland, developed areas and the coastline. Besides the main towns of Newport, Cowes, Ryde, Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown, there are several picturesque villages that attract tourists to the island. The Isle of Wight is also often known as ‘The Dinosaur Isle’ because it has the greatest wealth of dinosaur fossils in Europe. One can find varied and well-preserved fossils here especially in the area between Compton in the south west and Sandown in the south east.
Isle of Wight has its own ‘8 wonders’ which are –
- Needles you cannot thread
- Freshwater you cannot drink
- Cowes you cannot milk
- Newport you cannot bottle
- Lake you can walk through and remain dry
- Ryde where you walk
- Newtown which is very old
- Winkle Street where there are no winkles
The island is also the only place in the UK where red squirrels can still be found. They were driven out of their mainland homes by the more aggressive grey squirrels that have rapidly grown and become a nuisance in the country. However, they have not yet been spotted on the island, making it possible for the red squirrels to thrive here without fear.
Another interesting fact about the Isle of Wight is that it is believed to be a haunted island. Ghosts and spirits are said to haunt the island. Does that intrigue you? There are several other interesting facts about the island but you can only experience these when you choose one of the many available Isle of Wight breaks and explore this tiny county for yourself. You will not only enjoy its subtropical climate but also its diverse landscape and abundant natural beauty.