Staying near Brighstone
However, don’t let the diminutive size fool you. There are numerous shops to brows and places to eat. For the cottage holiday maker on the Isle of Wight, it’s somewhat of a paradise, with plenty of pathways and bridleways to explore, most offering wonderful views across this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can walk, ride, cycle, drive, swim or even take to the skies in a paraglider (if you are really adventurous, that is!). There are plenty of sandy beaches to enjoy and the coastline offers wonderful easy cliffs to explore. The 19th Century amateur palaeontologist William Fox (he discovered several dinosaur species in the local bay) lived there, as did Bishop Samuel Wilberforce (he became local rector in 1866) son of the famed anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce.
Before you visit, check out the events calendar for the village, because it hosts several quite large events annually that are worth visiting.