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Why the Isle of Wight is great for Mother's Day

Tue 11 Mar 2014

Why the Isle of Wight is great for Mother's Day

Thinking of taking Mum somewhere special this Mothering Sunday? Shame on you! It's coming up fast, you know, and if you haven't already made plans, why not consider the Isle of Wight? It's got everything you could possibly require, whether you're thinking of going for just one day or even making a weekend out of it. Fine food, great weather, marvellous attractions and plenty to do. You won't get bored, and neither will Mum.

For a few examples of things you could get up to, check out the list below. But before you do anything, you may want to book your Isle of Wight ferry tickets here.

Walking

We sure do bang on about it here at Red Funnel, but that's because it's true - the Isle of Wight is undoubtedly one of the best places in the UK for walking. Mind-blowing scenery from tip to tip undoubtedly contributes, with vast rolling hills to conquer and wild coastal views to sample. Don't just stick to the well-worn paths - feel free to amble about on your own if Mum has a bit of an adventurous streak. But make sure you don't get lost! A map and a compass will always point you in the right direction, particularly as mobile coverage is understandably sketchy in the more rural areas. A favourable climate also helps - the Isle of Wight is situated very close to France and is about as far south as you can get where the UK is concerned. So you're nearer the equator here than anywhere else. Admittedly, it's not exactly tropical. But it's not half bad, to be fair.

Villages

The Isle of Wight is home to some of the most picturesque little towns and villages you're ever likely to see - thatched roofs atop cute houses and storybook churches, that sort of thing. Doesn't that sound exactly like the sort of thing Mum would enjoy? Especially if there's a traditional pub lunch and a glass of red wine thrown in? As to which village you specifically want, it depends on what Mum likes. If coastal views are in, go for Ryde. Brading exhibits perhaps some of the greenest beauty on the isle, while Sandown is known for its stunning Victorian pier. Godshill is also acknowledged as being particularly pretty.

Ease of access

Of course, ease of access is always something you have to factor into a short trip away, and luckily it's wonderfully simple to reach the Isle of Wight. Hop on a cheap ferry across - you can still take your car and get to the plethora of attractions really easily and quickly. Many of the things to do are more accessible by road than public transport, which is limited to buses as there is no rail system. Plus, taking your car, you can bring bicycles or a tent (depending on Mum's preference of course) and make the most of your weekend.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801702404-ADNFCR

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