With such a diverse landscape, the Island is very well known for its Sailing, Cycling and Walking activities. But did you know there are numerous other activities from horse riding to paragliding, so why not try your hand at something new?
Clay Pigeon Shooting
The sport involves aiming and shooting at special flying targets called ‘clay pigeons’ which are fired into the air from a number of firing machines called ‘traps’. The shooter attempts to hit as many of them as possible.
Even if you’ve never tried clay pigeon shooting before, it is a great activity to try on holiday as all the equipment is supplied for you and there are plenty of places offering coaching and training to all levels and abilities. Instructors help make this a safe yet fun activity. There are a few places you can enjoy Clay Pigeon Shooting on the Isle of Wight, but the most popular one is in Bowcombe.
With hundreds of miles of bridleways and a warmer than average climate, one of the most exhilarating ways of enjoying the Island’s landscape has to be on horseback. Take a ride across the downs on bridleways which have been in use since the stone age, or for a truly memorable experience ride through the surf at the beach.
There are a number of excellent riding schools across the Island which cater for visitors all ages and abilities and offer a wonderful way to explore the many paths, bridleways and beaches. You can find some in Godshill, Bembridge and Freshwater – which is nearer to Brook House.
The Island is one of the South of England’s best kept surfing secrets and the backdrop is stunning with dwarfing white cliffs or the tranquillity of open farmland. On small days, the waves are playful and fun and are perfect for practicing techniques, turns and airs and on big days you’ll be whistling and hooting all the way up the coast.
If it’s your first time on a board there are providers of surfing lessons that will get you going under the safe supervision and expert guidance of a fully qualified surf coach. If you already have a good grasp of surfing and need no introduction, we suggest the best place to surf is the South Coast of the Island with some spectacular views all the way from Ventnor up to Freshwater and the Needles. One of our favourite spots to surf is Compton Bay, but Brook beach can also throw up a wave or two!
Kayaking can be as serene or extreme as you like, and the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to take to the water, with everything from gentle, scenic inland waterways, to coastal shorebreaks and open water opportunities.
There are plenty of beaches for launching from, all with easy access and mainly good car parking and facilities. Freshwater is an excellent one to try, with it’s beautiful surrounding cliffs and coastal scenery. Freshwater bay is best explored on a flat day, and on the correct tide you can explore the caves from your kayak, which is a great way to see the Island from a whole new view.