Fact file of the Isle of Wight
- The Isle of Wight is almost the smallest county in the country (after Rutland). It measures 23 miles from east to west, and 13.25 from north to south, giving a total area (including inland water) of 94,146 acres, or 147 square miles.
- The Island is divided into two boroughs - Medina & South Wight, with Newport as the all-
- Island capital, although Ryde is the largest town.
- The highest point is St. Boniface Down at Ventnor, which is 240 metres (787 feet) high, although generally speaking the highest ground extends from Culver Cliff to Tennyson Down above the Needles, as an east-west alignment of chalk downs which straddle the Island.
- It receives approximately 2.6 million visitors per year.
- The Island has more sunshine hours than any other UK resort.
- There is a total of 477 miles of roads on the Island, an almost as many miles of footpaths & bridleways made up of 1,400 separate public rights of way, including a number of officially designated long distance trails.
- The Island's resident population is around 120,000 - 68,000 in Medina Borough and 52,000 in South Wight.
Its an extension of the Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast. The gradients are steep and unforgiving with plenty of rocks and patches of chalk and sand to catch you out.
Bridleways abound as do the technical climbs and descents. Tennyson, Compton, Westover, Brightstone and Rowborough Downs are just a small sample of our playgrounds all accessible immediately off of the Ferry. Bring your climbing legs and lungs you will need them.
We have the sea views and southern costal climate to help you along the way so bring your sun block!