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Banish the New Year hangover blues on the Isle of Wight

Thu 19 Dec 2013

Banish the New Year hangover blues on the Isle of Wight

Given its many world-class restaurants, countless quaint English pubs and the vibrant nightlife on offer in bustling towns such as Cowes and Newport, it's little surprise that many people jump on a ferry from the English mainland to see in the New Year on the Isle of Wight.
But the island offers much more than a night out to remember; it also offers the chance to start 2014 hangover-free, with revellers spoilt for choice when it comes to clearing their heads on the morning after the night before.
Recognising that both tourists and locals alike will be keen to banish the hangover blues on the first day of the new year, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway is operating a special service.
Called, appropriately enough, the 'Hangover Special', the ride will take passengers through the picturesque heart of the Isle of Wight, departing from Havenstreet and then stopping off at Ashley and Wootton.
Here, passengers will be able to disembark for an hour or so and take a stroll through the countryside before getting back on the historic train back into the busy town.
Given that the Isle of Wight Steam Railway will be one of only a handful of tourist attractions open on the Bank Holiday, demand for tickets is likely to be high, with visitors therefore advised to book well in advance in order to avoid disappointment.
However, even those visitors unable to get on board will still be able to blow the cobwebs away after a late night, with the Isle of Wight's coastal paths offering the chance to get back to nature and enjoy stunning views as well as invigorating winds.
Popular New Year's Day walks on the island include the Ryde to Cowes walk, an eight-mile stretch between two of the busiest towns, as well as the Yar Estuary Walk, an easy stroll starting in the historic port town of Yarmouth and passing along the banks of the River Yar to quaint Freshwater village.
Additionally, families may also want to see 2014 in with a spot of wildlife watching, with the Alverstone Walk from Sandown railway station perfect for seeing red squirrels in their natural habitat.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801674532-ADNFCR

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