Activities on the Isle of Wight
All year around there are things to do on the Isle of Wight, and Nettlecombe Farm guests are in a great location to access and enjoy a great range of sports and activities. Of course you may just want to sit back and relax; enjoy the fresh air, glorious countryside and beautiful beaches – that’s fine too!
With plenty of well-signed trails and bridlepaths to choose from, walking, riding and cycling are always popular, especially from Nettlecombe Farm where some of the best routes are very easy to get to. The Island is also a good place for everyone to explore, with some great accessible paths in beautiful scenery that are safe and easy for those with pushchairs or wheelchairs.
You'll have no trouble finding something to do all year round too, although the Island's famous mild climate is unlikely to keep you from enjoying the outdoors even in winter. Many attractions stay open all year around, and there is even now an Autumn Walking Festival offering some interesting and sometimes challenging guided walks and excursions across the Island.
We've picked out some suggested activities that we know our previous guests have enjoyed, but there are so many more that could be here...
There are over 200 miles of cycling routes from coastal paths to quiet country lanes, all across the island. The island boasts some of the best off road routes in the country whether you are looking for challenging pathways or just and enjoyable day in the countryside. Because of the varied terrain and diverse landscape, it is possible to get a tremendous variety of views on a relatively short ride. Serious mountain bikers will head straight for Freshwater to try out the single track challenge known as the Seven Hills Killer.
Here at Nettlecombe Farm we offer lockable storage facilities for your bikes.
Axcess Electric Bike Hire
IW Cycling Festival including 7 Hills Killer
Extremists IOW MTB Club
The Bike Shed
Wight Cycle Hire
If you enjoy fishing then you should take advantage of our three lakes that are located a 150 yard stroll down the lane, which is also accessible by car. These man made but now wholly naturalised lakes cover an area of one and a half acres and are well-stocked with carp, roach and tench of various sizes. The largest recorded fish caught from these lakes to date was a 20lb carp caught by a 12 year old boy.
Guests staying at Nettlecombe Farm can fish free of charge, and the lakes are also open to the public for a daily 'per rod' charge of £5.00.
Nettlecombe Farm Fishing
What better way to appreciate the diversity of the Islands landscape and coastline than from the air! From Sandown & Bembridge Airport you can take off in anything from a microlights to a helicopter – pleasure flight to one-on-one tuition.
If you fancy being a bit more adventurous you could try your hand at paragliding. Being in the deep south the Isle of Wight escapes the worst of the low pressure, which means there are more flying days here than anywhere else in the UK , this also applies for gliding. There are 12 flying sites on the Island , all which cater for varying wind directions.
Vectis Gliding Club
There are more golf courses on the island than there are days in the week! All abilities are catered for from the low handicap, weekend golfer to the occasional rusty swinger. You can enjoy exhilarating downland courses with breathtaking views and fresh sea air, a round on a peaceful parkland course or just whack some balls at the floodlit driving range.
There are eight golf courses on the Island where it is necessary to carry more than a wedge and a putter.
Shanklin and Sandown
Freshwater Bay and Shanklin & Sandown are 18 hole courses, the remainder are 9 hole courses, with the exception of Ventnor which has 12 greens.
The Isle of Wight is the ideal place to head if you enjoy horse riding, on or off road. Off road you can sample the long distance trails boasting magnificent views. On road, we have miles of quiet country lanes and small roads passing through picturesque villages to potter along. There is wealth of fantastic country pubs and cafes along the way for refuelling.
Allendale Equestrian Centre
Lake Farm Equestrian Centre
Sallys Riding School
Sea Fishing & Adventures
Take to the seas and join the 'Free Spirit' crew onboard their 8.5m Cheetah Catamaran. Discover the beautiful South on a sea safari discovery trip or jump on board for a makeral fishing trip. Free Spirit is also available for private charters.
Ocean Blue Sea Charters
Goodleaf offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the UK's newest adventure activity in a secret field in the north east of the Island. We provide everything you need to enable you to ascend through the canopy to the tree top at your own pace.
The views from the highest point of the tree are worth the trip and we provide home-made refreshments and a cup of tea to relax with on the picnic blanket. There's plenty of time for exploring the tree, branch walking, relaxing in the tree top hammock or even hanging upside down. It's a great family activity for ages 8 and over!
Goodleaf Tree Climbing
With over 500 miles of footpaths and over half the island designated as and area of outstanding beauty the Isle of Wight is a walkers paradise. The scenery is magnificent and you can vary your walks as the mood takes you, sometimes on the high ground with wonderful views, sometimes the sea shore along the sand or amongst the rocks. Being an island, whichever way the wind is blowing you can select a sheltered walk.
IOW Ramblers Association
National Trust Local Walks
Walk the Wight
IW Walking Festival
The Island boasts some of the most reliable weather in the UK . This comes hand in hand with decent water temperatures, making the idea of getting wet for fun even more appealing. Even in the winter the devout water sportsman can be seen splashing about in our waters. The winter sea is certainly on the chilly side, but as they’ll all tell you ‘it takes a lot to stop an extreme sportsman from taking to the waters!’ And where better to learn a watersport, given that even from the most central point of the island you are only ever 15 minutes away from a beach.
Medina Calley Centre
United Kingdom Sailing Academy