Victoria & Abdul at Osborne House

From this Autumn onwards, visitors to the Isle of Wight will be able to follow a new ‘Victoria’s Island’ Trail, and explore the monarch’s home – Osborne – where many of the events depicted in the new movie ‘Victoria & Abdul’ were filmed. Osborne on the Isle of Wight, the seaside residence of Queen Victoria, was one of the key locations used in the filming of the movie, due to be released September 2017, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Dame Judi Dench and renowned Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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

Round the Island Yacht Race 2015

Round The Island Race 2015. Sails on the horizon on Brook Beach What a beautiful day for it! Over 1500 yachts made their way round the Island on Saturday in glorious sunshine and good winds. Really great views, but not really captured on my iPhone! Lots of fab photos to be found on www.roundtheisland.org.uk and of course news and results! Congratulations to the crew of Whooper, the overall race winners who we bumped into in The Pier View on Saturday evening, well done guys, whoop! Continue reading →