The bustling town of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight is a lovely place to visit. Just a 30 minute trip from the English mainland this destination provides a delightful experience for holidaymakers. A trip to Yarmouth has numerous places offering self catering accommodation as well as holiday parks, farm holidays, camping and caravan sites.
Visitors may like to take a hike along the promenade and the former railway track, called “The Causeway”, which provides a delightful walk through trees and along the banks of the River Yar. This walk will take you towards Freshwater with the chance to see red squirrels, a fox or many species of birds. Boat trips around the island have a pick-up point from Yarmouth Pier and include an old paddle steamer called the Waverley. The island is a great place for watersports with sailing at Cowes very popular and famous.
From Yarmouth visitors can pick up a boat which will take them fishing in the Solent, which is the body of water separating the island from the mainland. Fishing can also be undertaken at the pier in Yarmouth. Visitors on a self catering holiday may like to wander down to the square, which has a varied range of shops and delightful eating establishments. The family can have great fun with the pitch and putt courses in Sandown, Shanklin and Ryde, whilst there are also indoor swimming pools at Newport, Ryde and Sandown.
Animal and wildlife lovers will find numerous places of interest on the island including the Isle of Wight Zoo at Sandown. There are numerous beaches here and another place of interest is Alum Bay, which is noted for its multi-coloured sands. It is also close to the Needles, a chalk rock formation in the sea overlooked by a lighthouse. There are several historic buildings located on the island including Yarmouth Castle built in 1547, Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House at Cowes.
Being one of the most southerly parts of the UK the Isle of Wight has a milder climate than most other areas. The warmest time of the year to visit the Isle of Wight is generally July and August when the average high is approximately 20 to 21 degrees centigrade. July is also generally the driest month, while November to January is the wettest time of the year with an average rainfall of approximately 85 to 89mm.
The island is eight kilometres off the English mainland and served by ferries operated by Wightlink from Lymington and Portsmouth and Red Funnel from Southampton. Hovertravel run a hovercraft service from Southsea. The nearest major airport is at Southampton, where Flybe have flights from major European cities such as Paris and Dusseldorf as well as UK cities like Aberdeen, Liverpool and Newcastle. South West Train runs a train service from London Waterloo to Southampton and Portsmouth.