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The Isle of Wight, home to Queen Victoria, is also famous for boat building, flying boats, the world’s first hovercraft (developed by Sir Christopher Cockerell), and the testing and development of Britain’s space rockets.

Approximately half of the Isle of Wight is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Photos courtesy of Visit Isle of Wight.

Below: Ventnor, on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, photographed at night.  (View on the Visit Isle of Wight Facebook page)

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Below: Bembridge Lifeboat Station, Isle of Wight. The first lifeboat service from Bembridge began in 1867. The new lifeboat station, below, was completed 2010 at a cost of £7,650,000. (View on the Visit Isle of Wight Facebook page)

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View towards Bembridge, the easternmost point of the Isle of Wight. (View on the Visit Isle of Wight Facebook page)

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Did you know: The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival was by far the largest and most famous (or infamous depending on your viewpoint) of the early music festivals in the UK. The high attendance, many of them without tickets, led the UK Government to pass the ‘Isle of Wight Act’ in 1971 preventing gatherings of more than 5,000 people on the island without a special licence. The attendance at the 1970 Festival held at Afton Farm has been estimated at around 600,000.

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(Image, above, courtesy Wikipedia)

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Walk the Wight 2015

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Walk the Wight – 25th Anniversary     Sunday 10th May 2015

Every year thousands of people walk the length and breadth of the Isle of Wight to raise money for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, the Isle of Wight’s only Hospice. The event has raised more than £3 million pounds over the past 25 years.

“The target in 2015 is to raise £250,000 towards our community nursing team, who provide care at home for people facing the end of their lives.”

You can help by raising money through sponsorship.

There are 4 separate walks to choose from:

  • The Full Walk: Bembridge to the Needles at Alum Bay (approx 26.5 miles / 8 to 12 hours)

  • The 1st Half: Bembridge to Carisbrooke (approx 12.5 miles / 4 to 6 hours)

  • The 2nd Half: Carisbrooke to the Needles at Alum Bay (approx 14 miles / 5 to 8 hours)

  • The Flat Walk: Sandown Bay Academy to Thompsons Trees, Shide (approx 8 miles / 2 to 3 hours)

Full details on the walk and how to register can be found on the Walk the Wight website

www.walkthewight.com

Walk the Wight is a fundraising event for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. Visit the Hospice website here:

www.iwhospice.org

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(PCGraphics (UK) Limited map of the full Walk the Wight route – Bembridge to the Needles)

 

 

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From the air…

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Bembridge Harbour, on the Isle of Wight, was previously known as Brading Haven – the harbour inlet stretched inland to where the town of Brading is now situated. After several abortive attempts, Brading Haven was eventually drained and Bembridge Harbour formed by the building of the causeway which can be seen in the foreground of the photo.

The causeway is now a road but was originally built as a rail line linking the towns of St Helens and Bembridge.

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Yarmouth, below, on the Isle of Wight, is one of the smallest towns in the UK with a population of around 800. The pier in the foreground is the longest wooden pier open to the public in the UK.

The Wightlink ferry (taking cars and foot passengers between Yarmouth and Lymington) can be seen to the right of the photograph.

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Walk the Wight

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Walk the Wight – Sunday 11 May 2014

Each year around 12,000 people gather on the Isle of Wight to Walk the Wight, helping to raise funds for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight.

The Earl Mountbatten Hospice provides end-of-life healthcare for the Isle of Wight community and is the only hospice on the Island. The hospice receives a grant towards the costs of providing this care but needs to raise over £2m a year to provide all of these services. Sponsored events such as Walk the Wight help towards raising these funds.

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Walk the Wight, Tennyson Down (Courtesy of WikiMedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tennyson_Down_during_Isle_of_Wight_Walking_Festival.jpg)

The main route for the walk is from Bembridge in the east, via Carisbrooke to The Needles in the west of the Island and is approximately 26.5 miles. Walk the Wight has been running for 19 years and is now the biggest sponsored walk in the South of England.

This main walk is also broken down into two stages.  There is a 12.5 mile stretch between the start at Bembridge to the checkpoint at Carisbrooke, and a 14 mile walk from Carisbrooke to the finish at The Needles and walkers can complete either of these two shorter walks or the full 26.5 mile route.

There are many other walks apart from the main route across the Island. There is even a Schools Walk the Wight, where Island school children walk the equivalent of the 26.5 miles but in shorter sections over several weeks.

This year’s walk is on Sunday 11 May 2014.

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More information on Walk the Wight:

http://www.iwhospice.org/walk-the-wight.aspx

Registration:

http://iwhospice.org/register-now-for-wtw.aspx

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Why we moved to the Isle of Wight

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Six more views of the Isle of Wight. Can you see why we decided to move here?

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(The cliffs at Culver with the Yarborough Monument visible on top)

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(Bembridge Harbour at dawn)

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(View over Brading Marsh)

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(St Catherine’s Oratory. Known as the Pepperpot, it was built in 1328 as a lighthouse)

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(Looking across Sandown Bay)

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Sunset at Freshwater Bay)

 

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Bembridge Lifeboat station by moonlight

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Bembridge Lifeboat station by moonlight. Bembridge is situated on the most easterly point of the Isle of Wight and lays claim to be the largest village in England (population about 4,000).

The lifeboat station was completed in Autumn 2010.

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Photo courtesy of  Visit Isle of Wight.  More photos on their Facebook page.

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