Find Adventure on the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight’s contrasting landscapes and rugged coastline make it a natural playground for the adventurous traveller. For adrenaline thrills and unforgettable experiences, come and enjoy the great outdoors on land, sea, in the air, or amongst the tree tops.
Here are 5 great outdoor adventures to try on the Isle of Wight:
The vertical ascent into a 70 foot oak tree provides the perfect blend of adrenaline, stunning views, and childhood nostalgia. Using a special rope climbing technique you make your way high up into the canopy, where you can relax in a tree-top hammock and enjoy views out across the Solent. On the way back down you can learn to branch walk, and even get to work on your Spiderman impressions by hanging upside down!
The “Tree Climbing” technique is all based on ropes and a harness, and the simple technique training is included as part of your session. You don’t need to be super fit or strong to make your way up the ropes, but a steady head for heights is advised, as 70ft is a “long way down”!
Tree Climbing sessions are operated by Goodleaf Tree Climbing, at Appley Park near Ryde.
Undoubtedly one of the best ways to explore the lesser seen sections of the Isle of Wight coast is to sign up to a Coasteering session. This unique outdoor activity consists of a mixture of rock climbing, swimming, cliff diving and more, dodging the tides to take you into some of the scarcely explored caves on the south west coast of the Island.
Led by an expert instructor, your group will be equipped with wetsuits and safety gear, before setting off round the cliffs at the edge of Freshwater Bay. After traversing the cliffs, leaping over rocky archways, and swimming through wave filled gaps you will work your way round to the near-invisible caves at Watcombe, usually only accessible to kayakers.
Coasteering on the Isle of Wight is run by Isle of Wight Adventure Activities.
The unique updrafts found along sections of the Isle of Wight’s downs and coast, provide the perfect conditions for Paragliding. The Island’s micro climate, and on average more sunshine days than almost anywhere else in the UK, also ensure more “flying days” than almost anywhere else.
Set out on a “flight” from the top of the downs on the west side of the Island and you will soon find yourself gliding with a unique perspective of the stunning coastline and beaches. There are a variety of course options for beginners (and experts) so you can either get straight in the air on a tandem flight with an instructor, or spend a day learning how to handle a paraglider for an adrenaline-fuelled solo flight.
Paragliding courses are operated by High Adventure Paragliding School
Land yachting, also known as “sand yachting”, is the perfect combination of sailing with a land based speed and adrenaline activity. The large open sands on the east of the Isle of Wight provide ideal terrain at low tide for this activity – there are also good cross winds over there which enable “land yachters” to get up to some pretty impressive speeds!
No previous experience is necessary for land yachting sessions, as all training is included. Your “vessel” for the day is part beach buggy, part yacht, and part sail board – sessions are weather dependent as to pick up speed they rely on plenty of wind (which we’ve had plenty of recently, so you should be in luck!)
You can try your hand at Land Yachting with Tackt-Isle Adventures
Another great adventure sport you can get involved with on the Island is Wind Surfing. Skimming across the surface of the water is a real thrill, with the more adventurous and skilled windsurfers jumping over waves and freestyling with their sail boards.
One of the most popular locations is right off the south of the Isle of Wight, at Lake Beach (in between the sandy beaches of Shanklin and Sandown.) Here you will find a range of different windsurfing courses, with the beginners introduction aiming to get you off the beach and cruising across the water within just a few hours.
Wind Surfing sessions are available with Wight Waters, just down the road on Sandown Seafront.
Recharging from a hard day of adventure
The perfect tonic to a long day of outdoor adventures is a few hours of relaxation in the Utopia Spa, at Melville Hall Hotel. Here you’ll find a peaceful adults only haven where you can unwind in the warmth of the indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, sauna and detox cabin. To enhance your break opt for a pamper with your choice of spa treatment – this will make sure you’re ready for your second day of adventure …..
Check out Melville Hall Hotel’s Isle of Wight Adventure Breaks for more information