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Isle of Wight

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Isle of Wight

The Isle's history goes back thousands of years; however, after the Norman conquest William granted the island to his relative William FitzOsbern, who constructed Carisbrooke Castle. The island was frequently prone to invasion, but by Tudor times its strategic importance was realised with Portsmouth's development of a permanent Naval base.

In the 19th Century railways opened up access to the island, and Queen Victoria regularly spent time there, purchasing the estate at Osbourne. The island itself was under Crown control since 1293, with governors looking after its affairs, though there hasn't been one since the death of Earl Mountbatten in 1979.

How to get here:

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Road: M27/Wightlink Ferry - Westbound: exit junction 12 onto the M275 into Portsmouth. Continue until you reach the end when it becomes the A288, and follow the signs to the Isle of Wight ferry terminal. +

Areas within Isle of Wight to visit:

Norris Castle

From the Fishbourne car ferry, head along Fishbourne Road, then turn right onto the A3054 towards Wootton. Carry on to Whippingham, then turn right towards East Cowes on the A3021. Once you reach East Cowes, on York Avenue, turn right into New Barn Road, and the castle is at the end of the road. Note: the castle is private so you can only get to the gates! Parking: roadside. (5.85 miles, 24mm)
No Man's Land Sea Fort

From the Fishbourne ferry port, head along Fishbourne Lane until you reach the A3054, then turn left towards Ryde. From there take the B3330 towards Nettlestone, and then turn left onto the B3340 into the town (Seaview). The coast here along the Esplanade is the nearest point to seeing No Man's Land Sea Fort. Parking: sea front (charge may apply). (5.9 miles, 20m)
Priory Bay

From the Fishbourne ferry port, head along Fishbourne Road and then turn left onto the A3054 towards Ryde. From there take the A3055 towards Brading. Turn left towards St Helens (B3330), and once there, continue past the Bembridge turnoff (B3395) and then as the road bears left, carry straight onto Duver Road. Follow this to the harbour. Parking: car park (charge may apply). There is a footpath leading round to the bay. (10.1 miles, 35m)
Bembridge Sailing Club

From the Fishbourne ferry port, head along Fishbourne Lane and then turn left onto the A3054 towards Ryde. From there take the A3055 towards Brading. Turn left towards St Helens (B3330), and once there, turn right towards Bembridge on the B3395. The sailing club is on Embankment Road at the end of the marina. (10.3 miles, 32m)
Bembridge Harbour

From the Fishbourne ferry port, head along Fishbourne Lane and then turn left onto the A3054 towards Ryde. From there take the A3055 towards Brading. Turn left towards St Helens (B3330), and once there, turn right towards Bembridge on the B3395. The harbour can be reached from Embankment Road at the end of the marina. (10.3 miles, 32m)
Whitecliff Bay

From the Fishbourne ferry port, head along Fishbourne Lane and then turn left onto the A3054 towards Ryde. From there take the A3055 towards Brading. Passing through Brading, turn left onto the B3395, and then bear left continuing towards Bembridge. Continue along here until you reach a small sideroad on the right (signposted Whitecliff Bay). At the end of this road turn right onto Peacock Hill, and then follow the road to Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park. Parking: caravan park (charge may apply). (10.7 miles, 29m)
Red Cliff

From the Fishbourne ferry port, head along Fishbourne Lane and then turn left onto the A3054 towards Ryde. From there take the A3055 towards Brading. Passing through Brading, turn left onto the B3395, and then turn right onto Yaverland Road towards Sandown. Continue until you pass through Yaverland. The cliffs are on the left as you reach the coast. Parking: car park (charge may apply) (9.7 miles, 24m)

Further links about the location:

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Isle Of Wight History

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