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Beat those winter blues and head to Isle of Wight's beaches

Tue 7 Jan 2014

Beat those winter blues and head to Isle of Wight's beaches

As the dark winter nights continue, it is easy to often stay indoors and feel quite stagnant. However, with the longest night of the year behind us, now is the perfect time to get out the house and take some lovely strolls on the beach with the family. And there is no better place to do this than on the Isle of Wight.

With more than 57 miles of coastline to pick from, this island has a wide array of varied beaches that are sure to suit even the fussiest of travellers, so much so that they collectively received 17 Blue Flag and seaside awards in the past year alone - more than any other holiday destination in England.  

So, what's the big fuss? Well it could be the vast shingle beaches, the turquoise waters or the hidden coves that bring out the explorer in you, and there are a few beaches that we recommend if you are looking for classic family fun at the start of the year.

Spots that have proved popular in recent years include Shanklin, Ventnor and Sandown; all of which boast a large selection of shops, cafes and restaurants along the seaside to make sure that a trip to the beach becomes a day out with the kids. Shanklin, in particular, located on the south-east coast, boasts a large amusement arcade, crazy golf, bowling, go-karting and even an indoor playground if the rain begins to fall. 

If you are looking for a more tranquil spot where you can play games, Ryde and Appley have the largest open stretches of sand. And with spectacular views across the Solent, what more could you ask for?

We all know that the British weather cannot be relied upon, but this does not mean that you cannot visit the rural beaches during the first few months of the year. Neighbouring spots, such as Brook and Compton Bay, are very popular, with their heritage coastal paths delivering some of the best views that the island has to offer. 

In regards to the latter, this two-mile stretch will make you feel like you are on America's west coast, while the newly restored steps from Hanover Point enable easy access. When in the area, also be sure to book a fossil tour, to follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs and see if you can find your own fossils from a prehistoric age. 

Our final recommendation is to go all the way round the west Wight coast and hit Colwell Bay, a small rural beach situated between the port of Yarmouth and the Needle rock. Not only is this an ideal spot to unwind and relax, but on a clear crisp day, you will be able to see Fort Albert and Hurst Castle across the Solent. Attractions, such as the Blackgang Chine and the Needles Pleasure Park, are also just a short drive away. 

So what are you waiting for? Head to the Isle of Wight this winter, and you never know, spring may come round that little bit quicker. ADNFCR-3083-ID-801679562-ADNFCR

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