Tennyson Down Walk, Freshwater to Tennyson’s Monument

We love this walk, stunning coastline views, beautiful wide open downs, the reward of Tennyson’s monument at the top and if you’re feeling energetic you can continue all the way to The Needles. One not be missed From the car park at Freshwater Bay, walk right along the road and turn left past the loos along the footpath until you reach the gate that takes you onto Tennyson Down, from there just keep walking on up! Some useful links: Nationaltrust.org.uk Telegraph.co.uk/travel Walkingbritain.co.uk

National Trust on the Isle of Wight

We are very lucky here on the Isle of Wight to have so many beautiful National Trust sites, from ancient woodlands and nature reserves to open downlands and dramatic coast lines with sheer chalk cliffs, not to mention a The Needles Battery, the 300 year old Bembridge Windmill,  a Victorian fort under restoration, and an historic 17th century town hall with an interesting political past. Have a look at The Isle of Wight section on the National Trust website. It’s a brilliant resource, full of Continue reading →

Come and cycle the Isle of Wight

Come and cycle the Isle of Wight and stay with us at The Caledon Guest House in Cowes. Really convenient location right on the round the island cycle route with secure cycle storage, beautiful rooms and great local breakfast. We are a super base from which to complete the famous Isle of Wight Randonnee (Round the Island cycle route) or take on any other part of the many cycle paths and trails the Isle of Wight has to offer. Bring your bike over on the Continue reading →

Cycling maps of the Isle of Wight

Click on this post to see many useful cycle maps all over the Isle of Wight. The Island offers the cyclist dedicated cycleways – many following the course of disused railway lines, signed routes, miles of bridleways and quiet country lanes as an alternative to busy main roads. All of the maps below need the Adobe Acrobat Reader Here are some of the Island’s well established cyclepaths/ routes: Round the Island Cycle Route Chalk Ridge Extreme Yarmouth to Freshwater – Route 1 Yarmouth – Route Continue reading →

Walk on Mottistone Down, Isle of Wight

What a beautiful sunny, windy, chilly morning to wrap up and stroll up Mottistone Down with Charlie dog. We started at Mottistone Down car park, PO30 4JH where you can park for free. Wander through the gate and up the hill as far as you want to and back down again enjoying the wonderful coastal views, or go the whole hog and walk the 5 miles to Freshwater beach, have a little sunbathe and head back again to make a day of it. It’s is quite Continue reading →

Chocolate Mad Cowes

If you’re looking for something really fun to do for the afternoon while in Cowes, why not try a very informal couple of hours in Cowes brilliant Chocolate shop ‘Chocolate Mad Cowes’. For as little as £30 per couple you can have a go at making truffles, lollipops and bars of delicious chocolate! Great idea for a winter weekend once you are feeling windswept and shopped out! Chocolate Mad Cowes is run by a friendly team and is situated at 13 Bath Road, Cowes. Just give Continue reading →

Walking on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is an all season walkers paradise with over 500 miles of well maintained footpaths winding through fields and forests. Some 64 miles follow the spectacular coastline, nearly half of which is classed as ‘Heritage Coast’ and more than fifty percent is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Caledon is really well situated with the Coastal Path running right past the bottom of our road. We also have a handy bus stop right outside the house if you want Continue reading →

Cycling on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a great place for cycling. Whether you are a keen bean or prefer a more laid back approach there are miles of cycle tracks, bridleways and paths to suit everyone. Within an area of just 147 square miles you will find over 200 miles of cycle routes enticing you into the countryside or along the coast. We are happy to give you some ideas of where to go, we’re both quite into cycling at the moment so please just ask. Continue reading →

Red Squirrel Trail. Cowes to Newport

Even when it’s a bit wet and windy outside, it’s always worth getting out! Such a lovely stroll along the River Medina this morning, blew away a few cobwebs We live only half a mile away from the start of the pretty Red Squirrel Trail which runs from Cowes, along the old railway line, to Newport and beyond to Sandown. The Isle of Wight is rather hilly just about everywhere except for this trail so it may offer a welcome respite if you’ve had a challenging Continue reading →

Autumn in Parkhurst Forest

A beautiful autumn day in Parkhurst Forest, Isle of Wight Next to all the lovely beaches on our beautiful island, I think Parkhurst forest is my favourite place to take a stroll. This morning was a treat; peaceful, dappled sunlight, Charlie dog squirrelling around and not another soul in sight…my kind of heaven The Caledon Guest House www.the-caledon.co.uk