The Isle of Wight is firmly in the hearts and minds of the nation with the garden isle once again featuring highly in a number of travel polls.
With the country about to be unlocked and travel restrictions expected to be listed by the end of March, the Isle of Wight is gearing up for what could be one of the busiest summer seasons ever.
Ahead of the arrival of an influx of much-needed tourists, Shanklin Beach has been voted as 1 of the top 20 beaches in the UK in a survey carried out by WWF-UK and Sky Ocean Rescue. The beach on the east coast of the Isle of Wight is popular with local residents and with visitors.
Sally Beston, chairman of Shanklin Hotel and Accommodation Association, has said:
“I am delighted to read that Shanklin Beach has been voted in the top 20 of the UK’s best beaches. Shanklin really is a beautiful place to live and visit. My members will be delighted to welcome visitors when the time is right”.
When it comes to stunning vistas, picturesque Freshwater Bay reached the top 30 of the UK’s most beautiful views according to a separate poll by railway company LNER.
Historically, Freshwater Bay has always been a favourite and was home to the Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron at Dimbola and the Poet Laureate of the time, Alfred, Lord Tennyson at Farringford House.
At the weekend, Island Echo reported that the Isle of Wight was named 6th in a poll of popular UK destinations by global travel firm Big 7 Travel.