I've had a lovely relaxing break on the Isle of Wight this week. It was my first visit to the island and for a relatively small place there was so much to do and see. I really enjoyed driving along the coastal roads to the south of the island, the scenery near Compton bay was particularly impressive. Further inland there were some lovely country roads surrounded by arching trees, which highlighted the early autumnal colours.
There are some great attractions on the island, Osborne House was one of our favourites. The grounds to this former royal residence are huge and the mapped walks allow you to explore all its charm. Shanklin Chine is another must see attraction; you can visit here during the day and after dark when it is illuminated. I think my favourite place was Ventnor Botanic Garden. Unlike the other places we visited, it wasn't as busy here and I loved the peaceful nature of the garden :)
Isle of Wight
Northamptonshire based nature photographer