When we visit an island, most of us assume a car will be indispensable. Things are different on the Isle of Wight. A good bus service and a great network of footpaths and cycle routes, plus a frequent rail line down the east side of the island, means that car-free travel is both a feasible and extremely practical option.
There’s a new digital Slow Wight Travel Guide to the Isle of Wight, which is a collection of eight sustainable travel touring routes around the island that can be explored by bus, bike or on foot. It’s an opportunity to discover hidden gems and lesser known places of interest. See the link below:
In 2019, the whole of the Isle of Wight (including the waters around the island) became a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which indicates a region where people and the natural environment co-exist harmoniously.
Self-propelled power: Bring your own bike with you or hire a set of wheels locally and explore the island under your own steam.
Stay sustainable: Many hotels and tourist attractions across the island are members of Visit Isle of Wight’s Green Star scheme which tells you that they are part of the campaign to reduce carbon emissions by promoting the use of sustainable transport. Recipients include Luccombe Hall and Luccombe Manor.
Drink responsibly: If you want to sample a local brew during your stay, you’ll find no shortage of options including, the Isle of Wight Distillery, Adgestone Vineyard, Tipsy Wight, Grazed Knee Cider and Island Brewery to name but a few.
Signature local produce: Delicious Isle of Wight produce includes tomatoes, garlic, chilli, sea salt, oils, mushrooms, cheese, milkshakes, meats and freshly grown veggies. Try out Briddlesford Lodge Farm for their award-winning dairy products, Wight Salt, for hand-harvested sea salt from the mineral rich waters of Ventnor, Minghella Ice Cream who have been making ice creams and sorbets for over 60 years, and the Isle of Wight Cheese Co for a tasty selection of award-winning cheeses.
Green attractions: A variety of attractions across the island are known for their excellent environmental policies. A Green Star business inspires its visitors to choose sustainable transport options and may also provide a bike maintenance station, an electric vehicle charging point, or even a discount if you arrive on foot. Further information can be found here: