One of the Wightlink FastCats which provide a high-speed ferry service between Portsmouth and Ryde. The French called off their invasion following the Battle of Quiberon Bay. However I know a few who still use words like Gurt and Caulkhead. During World War Two there were around 125 attacks during 1940 and 1944 on the island. There are a few other boat companies that can get to the island too, such as the the Fast Cat, Red Funnel and Wightlink. The original planning was to have the pier at 520 meters, but it was extended to 681 meters. The island measures about 380 square km, of which about half is an area of outstanding natural beauty. . It is known that the island's earliest inhabitants lived here from around 1900 BC. Check out my blogpost about the rules and where is best location to see the Red Squirrels here! Thanks for sharing.saving it for future. This river is the largest on the island. Its county seat is a town named Isle of Wight. . Thanks for commenting Elizabeth! Did you know that you can explore the grounds and house of the summer house of Queen Victoria? There are also plenty more Isle Of Wight Facts we could have written about, but these are pretty nice to share with you. There has been recorded over 20 species of dinosaurs recognised on the coast of the island, with some being discovered for the first time there! Love the Isle of Wight, but there are some things here we didn’t know- guess we’ll have to go back! The Isle of Wight flag represents the diamond shape island above ocean waves, with the top piece of the diamond showing the River Medina. The island has been home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home Osborne House at East Cowes. #rotterdam #rotterda, Hello you Thereafter the island was under control of the English crown and its Lordship a royal appointment. Lignitic coal is present in small quantities within seams, and can be seen on the cliffs and shore at Whitecliff Bay. However the hovercraft is the coolest way to travel in style. Erika Craddock from TSW—Click/Chicago It’s a lovely little village with a small population round 1500. Of course this is from olden times when they were mostly used. Unfortunately these cliff tops are every year eroding and experiencing landslides, causing the theme park to move attractions safer inland. According to statistics, around 140,000 people live on the island at last count – compare that to the two million people who are likely to holiday there on average! In just 10 minutes you can be across the Solent from Southsea, Portsmouth to Ryde, Isle of Wight. The first inhabitants are assumed to have been hunter-gatherers migrating by land during the Paleolithic or Old Stone Age period, as the ice age began to recede. Here are some facts about the Isle of Wight. It is similar to the West Country dialects heard in South West England, but less pronounced. The only thing that will be checked is that you have a valid boat ticket! I highly recommend hiring a car during a visit as it is so much more easier to access anything you will be visiting. Residents refer to the island as "The Island", as did Jane Austen in Mansfield Park, and sometimes to the UK mainland as "North Island". The Norman Conquest of 1066 created the position of Lord of the Isle of Wight, the island being given by William the Conqueror to his kinsman William FitzOsbern. When it comes to the countryside landscape I love living on the Isle of Wight as there is truly a bit of everything. The unique Eight Wonders of the Isle of Wight are: You can read all about them as well as more island words on our separate post! Families visiting this theme park can enjoy the different themes built in to the park, such as an underwater kingdom, a fairy village and the cowboy town. Slightly more than half, mainly in the west, is designated as the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. West Wight is predominantly rural, with dramatic coastlines dominated by the chalk downland ridge, running across the whole island and ending in the Needles stacks. The Isle was owned by a Norman family until 1293 and was earlier a kingdom in its own right. The island has 100 sq mi (258 km2) of farmland, 20 sq mi (52 km2) of developed areas, and 57 miles (92 km) of coastline. The Isle of Wight is situated between the Solent and the English Channel, is roughly rhomboid in shape, and covers an area of 150 sq mi (380 km ). The first ever commercial hovercrafts were made on the island, it is a bit of a hovercraft hotspot! . I believe it’s one of the UK’s secrets . There remains occasional confusion between the Isle of Wight as a county and its former position within Hampshire. . The island was part of Hampshire until 1890 when it became its own administrative county, but continued to share the Lord Lieutenant until 1974 when it became a ceremonial county. The Isle of Wight is diamond-shaped and extends 22.5 miles (36 km) from east to west and 13.5 miles (22 km) from north to south. In June 2019 the whole island was designated a UNESC… They have a nice interactive museum to visit and organize public fossil walks throughout the year. #eindhoven #eind. This weekend I FINALLY saw red&wh. Blackgang Chine is a theme park established in the 1840’s. It is the home of the band The Bees, which performs at smaller local concerts. However as a local you don’t see it very often and if think I were to ask some people about it, they probably couldn’t share what the main colour it is! More people visit the Isle of Wight than actually reside there – to an incredible extent. © 2020 - Together In Transit. You might even find something new and dinosaur related that has yet to have been discovered! A fun charity event that you can join in May is the Walk The Wight. How cute are those little squirrels <3 thanks for this list, I can't wait to get there and go exploring! During the English Civil War, King Charles fled to the Isle of Wight, believing he would receive sympathy from the governor Robert Hammond. Thanks to Wikipedia for finding this one out, because as an islander I did not know! I’d definitely recommend a trip back for some cycling and hiking – maybe during the cycling and walking festival in May! . In 1970, the festival headlined by Jimi Hendrix attracted an audience of 700,000, seven times the local population at the time. . It is located in the English Channel, about 4 miles (6 km) off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent. But if you are looking for the places that get the most sun in the year then that is the Isle of Wight! The island enjoys 1,800–2,100 hours of sunshine a year. Some, such as nipper/nips (a young male person), are still commonly used and are shared with neighbouring areas of the mainland. The island is home to the Isle of Wight Festival and, up to 2016, Bestival. The village in the photo is Godshill, a pretty place for a bite to eat and a wander along the street. The Romans built no towns or roads on the island, but the remains of at least seven Roman villas have been found, indicating the prosperity of local agriculture. I loved your post, there are so many things I want to see there. They also have some lovely events throughout the year, which you can check on their website. . When the tide is … The island has three principal rivers. The Needles Battery was used to develop and test the Black Arrow and Black Knight space rockets, which were subsequently launched from Woomera, Australia. Check out their full size T-Rex too! And great to learn it has its own flag! At peak times, there are up to 3500 red squirrels on the island. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Zoe and Togetherintransit.nl with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. The Isle of Wight has given names to many parts of former colonies, most notably Isle of Wight County in Virginia founded by settlers from the island in the 17th century. Coordinates: Template:Coord/display/title, inline, 97.3% White, 1.1% Asian, 0.2% Black, 0.1% Other, 1.2% Mixed, Isle of Wight - an island off Maryland, USA, Ventnor, Cowes on Philip Island, Victoria, Australia, Carisbrook, a former stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand, selected for the development of a new base by the supercomputer 'Colossus', in D. F. Jones' novel. To promote the island's identity and culture, the High Sheriff Robin Courage founded an Isle of Wight Day; the first was held on Saturday 24 September 2016. Queen Victoria spent childhood holidays on the island and became fond of it. If you want to go on a dinosaur walk, head to Compton Bay and Yaverland where you can see dinosaur footprints at low tide in the large fossils. There are also these amazing routes to walk on the Isle of Wight! Protected species such as the dormouse and rare bats can be found. The night sky will always be a mystery, but to spend a night looking up into the darkness is magical. If you need any more help with a visit to the Isle of Wight let me know and I’d be happy to help and answer any local questions! To their surprise this is not the case. It’s the most haunted island in the worldDespite its relatively small size, the Isle of Wight is said to … The island has 100 sq mi (258 km ) of farmland, 20 sq mi (52 km ) of developed areas, and 57 miles (92 km) of coastline. One of our great Isle of Wight facts is that it gets 1800 to 2000 hours of sun which actually works out more than some of Spain. The Isle Of Wight, South England has some unique facts that sure is interesting and fun to know about. Established in 1965, the hovercraft has been transporting passengers for more than 50 years. 6. Missing the cruise ships in Rotterdam The festival was revived in 2002 in a different format, and is now an annual event. Also great for those living in Newport and Carisbrooke, in the center of the island, as you know you will be only maximum 30 minutes away from your work. Isle of Wight Nostalgia - Island Information Geography: The Isle of Wight is almost the smallest county in the country (after Rutland). . #rotter, Strijp Sssssssss It was Guglielmo Marconi who first set up the world’s first wireless, near to the famous Needles … This arises because the western Solent is narrower than the eastern; the initial tide of water flowing from the west starts to ebb before the stronger flow around the south of the island returns through the eastern Solent to create a second high water. . :O, Good to hear you have been there, especially with sailing as it is well known for that! You are able to visit many things such as inside the main house, the full grounds, the private beach and the cottage. The Isle of Wight is made up of a variety of rock types dating from early Cretaceous (around 127 million years ago) to the middle of the Palaeogene (around 30 million years ago). The length of the Isle of Wight is only 26.5 miles / 42 kms from East to West, making it very easy to drive. The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields, downland and chines. Island residents are sometimes referred to as 'Vectensians', 'Vectians' or, if born on the island, "caulkheads".