The Slow Travel Guide to the Isle of Wight encourages visitors – and residents – to use more relaxed ways of travelling, instead of ‘zooming’ everywhere by car and missing some of the Island’s more secluded secrets.
Countryfile Magazine news editor Mark Rowe is the author behind the Slow Wight Travel Guide. Recognised internationally for his work, particularly in the field of active travel, Mark has written about each of the routes suggested by Visit Isle of Wight.
Created by the Visit Isle of Wight team who put together the guide with assistance from Islanders and local organisations. The guide is supported by the Access Fund for Sustainable Travel.
The Slow Travel Guide to the Isle of Wight is a collection of eight sustainable travel routes around the Isle of Wight that can be explored by a combination of bus, walking and bicycle. The routes act as an invitation to visit the Island’s ‘headline acts’, but also to explore many of its lesser-known, yet equally delightful spots. The routes feature food and drink, farm shops, artists and craftspeople as well as places of interest – including some ‘secret’ rural gems.
Mark Rowe says:
“Let’s be honest, when we visit a rural area or an island, most of us assume that a car will be as indispensable as our credit cards and phones. Things are different on the Isle of Wight. A good bus service and an incredibly dense network of footpaths and cycle routes, topped up by a rail line down the east side of the Island, all mean that car-free travel is both a feasible and extremely practical option.
“Walking, cycling or taking the bus (or train) around the Island will enable you to slow down, visit all of the Island’s ‘headline acts’ and explore many of its lesser-known but delightful spots. Along the way you will come across hidden beaches, nature reserves and tight-knit communities, where artists and other creative types thrive and which will enable you to get under the skin of the Island. Perhaps above all, you will encounter an incredible number of local food producers who grow a wide variety of mouth-watering breads, cheeses, fruits and much more”.
Visit Isle of Wight is promoting the guide off Island, but would also like to encourage Isle of Wight businesses and residents to use the guide and help promote it to visitors, friends and family.
The Slow Travel Guide has been produced in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council, as part of the Access Fund for Sustainable Travel – a £1.3million 3-year sustainable transport programme which was secured competitively from the Department for Transport (DfT), now in its final year.