The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Centrally located in Cowes and convenient for Red Funnel high speed ferry terminal. There's a relaxing bar, cask ales and a traditional English menu. The hotel accepts small well behaved dogs.
A shingle and sand beach which runs the length of the Esplanade. Further away from the town you will find a playground and paddling pool with a row of beach huts. Car parking is available neaby either on the roadside or car park. At high tide the beach disappears so check the tide times before you go. Dogs are not allowed from May to September. There is no lifeguard cover.
Budding botanists and devoted dendrologists rejoice, for this is a beautiful trail under 2 miles long, featuring some special species of trees as you walk around Cowes. iwight.com have a full description and printable download.
If you had to name a town on the Isle of Wight, this would be most people's answer. Famous for 'Cowes Week', a world reknowned sailing event, the town sits at the mouth of the River Medina on the northern tip of the island. Easy to escape to from the mainland, Cowes has everything you could want from a holiday destination.
A hidden gem, west of well-known Cowes, think beautiful beach huts lining the shores, picnic greens and happy families. This is a great place to bring the little ones. Only a half hour walk from Cowes makes it well located for bigger days out, but you should find all you need here, with the sailing club keeping everyone entertained and the plethera of eateries keeping everyone full.
Gurnard is such a pretty place. The children loved skimming stones on the beach here, then a long play in the lovely park (which is enclosed) and then we finished off with a hot chocolate and a slice of cake at the Watersedge Beach Cafe. Perfect!
A large area of woodland maintained by the Forestry Commission. There's miles of woodland walks suitable for both walkers and mountain bikers. The red squirrel hide is a great place to spot wildlife from.
Great place for a walk and to get close to nature - and we saw a red squirrel!
Beautiful place to walk the dog and the kids!
A small centrally located restaurant open every evening and lunch Thursday to Sunday.
A traditional ale house bang smack in the middle of Cowes. Up to five real ales are on offer alongside fine lagers, wines and spirits. If you fancy a pint and a pork pie then this is the place for you.
A small restaurant serving local produce and a seasonally changing menu. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed after 7pm and there is no childs menu.
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