Family Walking Adventure at Freshwater Bay

Isle of Wight

Code: FWFAM

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Families
  • Free WiFi
  • Meadows & hills

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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £399.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Under 18s go free

Book today and  18s GO FREE on our 2018 UK Family Adventures

Freshwater Bay House is made for family walking holidays with its coastal position, extensive grounds and direct access to the beach. Highlights include the walk over Tennyson Down along the coastal path to the Needles, or the walk to Carisbrooke Castle to see its donkey-powered well. Back at Freshwater Bay the outdoor pool is a big hit with all ages.

Holiday highlights

  • Follow the promenade to the seaside town of Ventnor
  • Go back in time at Dinosaur Isle
  • Join in games with the leaders, or enjoy the outdoor pool at Freshwater Bay House

Great reasons to join us

  • Family friendly: 2018 holidays KIDS GO FREE if booked by 29 December 2017. After this date children under 11 go FREE and children up to 17 get a 50% discount
  • Child friendly walks: we select the most child-friendly walks with shorter distances and plenty of interest along the route. The shorter walks usually allow plenty of time to enjoy the beach or pool before the evening meal at 6.30pm.
  • Expert leaders: our friendly walks leaders will ensure that families get the most out of the walks and enjoy games in the evenings
  • Peace of mind: only families can book on our dedicated Family holidays - the kids get the run of the Country House in a safe environment
  • Free day: on our 7 night holidays, enjoy a day without walks to get out and make the most of the nearby family-friendly attractions

 

In pictures...

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Freshwater Bay House in Isle of Wight

Freshwater Bay House boasts a beautiful cliff-top location overlooking the bay. Enjoy dramatic chalk cliffs, sandy beaches, picture-postcard villages and more from this wonderful island gem.

Freshwater Bay House has 48 bedrooms located in the main building and a cottage in the grounds. Many of the rooms have sea views, whilst others overlook the gardens and downs.

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Large double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Welcoming bar with local beer
• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Three lounges with view across the bay 
• Dining room
• Bar
• Dandelion Cafe
• Multi-purpose activity room with a Nintendo Wii
• Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
• Range of broad games and books 
• Heated outdoor swimming pool (Open Easter to September)
• Extensive gardens
• Putting green and croquet lawn 
• Table football
• Badminton
• Tennis  
• Outdoor playground for children
• Outdoor games
• Mini-golf

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Freshwater Bay evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our option evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

More details on Freshwater Bay accessibility

Additional information

  • The fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance with an evacuation are identified at this point and alternative door hangers are issued to help the team members identify them
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • All team members have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for and specialist food can be arranged with prior notice
  • Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
  • Fridges can be supplied for medication with prior notice.

Itinerary

Two teenage boys about to go walkingFamily-friendly walks

Our family holidays offer the choice of up to 4 guided walks each day  – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next. Our routes range from short strolls that are ideal for little legs, to longer walks that will appeal to active teenagers.  

 

Family adventures lineTennyson Down & the Needles

Option 1: The Needles

The Needles rocks

Distance: 3 miles

The walk in a nutshell: A stroll aong the coast path to Tennyson Down and the Needles. We'll return on the open-top bus with plenty of time to enjoy the pool at Freshwater Bay House.

Don’t miss: See the famous sands of Alum Bay with the opportunity to descend to the beach by chair lift. 

Option 2: Tennyson Down

Two children walking on Tennysopn Down

Distance: 6 miles

The walk in a nutshell: A fabulous walk over the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down to the Needles and the Alum Bay; one of England's finest coastal walks.

Don’t miss: Discover the once secret rocket testing range on the Needles headland, and the area's role in the space race.

Option 3: Headon Warren

View from Headon Warren to Alum Bay and the Needles

Distance: 8½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Head to the coast at Totland Bay then soak up glorious sea view as you round the Needles headland and return over Tennyson Down.

Don’t miss: The heather-clad headland of Headon Warren is a real delight, and offers the best views of the Needles.

Option 4: West Wight circuit

View over Freshwater Bay to Tennyson Down

Distance: 12 miles

The walk in a nutshell:  A circuit of the western tip of the island. We’ll follow the Yar Valley to Yarmouth, then follow the coastal path to Alum Bay, before a glorious finale over Tennyson Down.

Don’t miss: The final section atop the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down is a fitting conclusion to this splendid walk.

 

Carisbrooke Castle or the three trails

Option 1: Around Carisbrooke

The enttrance to Carisbrooke Castle

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the Shepherd's Trail through the fields and along an ancient trackway to Carisbrooke Castle.

Don’t miss: Take time to explore this well-preserved castle. Don't forget to walk around the walls and see the donkey powered well. During the Summer there are often special events such as jousting and treasure hunts.

Option 2: To Carisbrooke Castle

Donkey turning the wheel at Carisbrooke

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

The walk in a nutshell: Cross the island's central hills from the picturesque village of Shorwell to the impressive castle at Carisbrooke.

Don’t miss: There's lots of time to explore the castle. A real highlight is watching the donkeys turn the treadmill to raise water from the well.

Option 3: Shorwell & Carisbrooke

Thatched cottages om Brighstone

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Brightstone to the village of Shorwell village, then continue over the downs to Carisbrooke Castle.

Don’t miss: Explore picturesque Shorwell with its thatched cottages and historic church. There's also plenty of time to visit Carisbrooke Castle.

Option 4: Three Trails Challenge

Beautiful countryside near Afton Farm

Distance: 13 miles (21km)

The walk in a nutshell: Challenge yourself to this fantastic walk along the spine of the island from Carisbrooke Castle to Freshwater Bay. We’ll cross the hills to Shorwell then pick up the Tennyson Trail which runs along the top of the chalk downs.

Don’t miss: This is one of our most popular walks. There's a real sense of achievement when you cross the final hill to Freshwater Bay.

 

Sandown and the home of the dinosaurs

Option 1: Bembridge Windmill

Windmill at Bembridge Distance: 3 miles (5km)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the Bembridge Windmill to the coastal path which we follow over the chalk headland of Culver Cliff to Sandown.

Don’t miss: The walk finishes at the island's excellent Dinosoar Museum and large play area, or spend time on the beach at Sandown.

Option 2: Brading to Sandown

Two girls going walking

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the historic village of Brading to the Bembridge Windmill. We'll continue atop the chalk cliffs of Culver Down, near the eastern tip of the island, and follow the coast path to Sandown.

Don’t miss: The working windmill at Bembridge; one of the National Trust's smallest, but most fascinating, properties.

Option 3: Over the hills to Sandown

View over Bembridge and harbour

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

The walk in a nutshell: From Brading Down we descend into a shaded wooded valley to the historic Brading. We continue to Bembridge Windmill and along the coastal path to Sandown

Don’t miss: The Yarborough Monument on top of Culver Down commands a wonderful view over the Solent and English Channel.

Option 4: Over the Chalk Downs

Chalk cliffs of Culver Down

Distance: 11 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the valley under the downs before ascending Brading Down and walking along the chalk ridge, enjoying the views across the Solent to the mainland. We’ll continue over Culver Down and along the coastal path to Sandown.

Don’t miss: There are great views over the Solent where vessels ranging from hovercraft to huge container ships complete this bustling scene.

 

Ventnor Botanic Gardens & Shanklin

Option 1: Ventnor Coastline

Victorian promenade at Ventnor

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the promenade from Bonchurch to Ventnor, then continue along the coast path to the lovely beach at Steephill Cove and the Botanic Gardens.

Don’t miss: We'll stop to play in Ventnor's fantastic (and free) paddling pool, where you can paddle across the 'sea' to the minature Isle of Wight. Adults can join in or relax in the adjacent cafe.

Option 2: Niton to Ventnor

Terrace at Ventnor Botanical Gardens

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Niton to the village of Whitwell. Our walk continues to the inland cliffs with good views of the Channel. We then follow the coast path to Ventnor’s Botanic Gardens

Don’t miss: There's plenty of time to enjoy the Bontanic Gardens - explore the fish ponds, exhibitions and a great play area!

Option 3: The Undercliff

Undercliff coast at Luccombe

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

The walk in a nutshell: Soak up the sea air and views of the English Channel on a walk through the Undercliff from Niton, past Ventnor to Shanklin.

Don’t miss: Discover the Undercliff; a natural sun trap, rich with verdant vegetation, created by a series of landslips over the centuries. 

Option 4: Chale to Shanklin

View over St Catherine's Point lighthouse

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

The walk in a nutshell: A journey along the length of Undercliff. Starting at Chale we'll round St Catherine's Point before picking up the coastal path through Ventnor to Shanklin.

Don’t miss: The cliff-top section above St Catherine's Point is particularly impressive, with views down to the lighthouse far below.

 

The Yar Valley or Tennyson Trail

Option 1: Yarmouth 

Yarmouth harbour and ferry

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

The walk in a nutshell: A gentle walk from Freshwater Bay House following the Yar Valley through a nature reserve and a disused railway line to the old harbour town of Yarmouth. 

Don’t miss: At Yarmouth there's time to walk on the pier, visit the castle, play on the green, or have an ice cream before returning on the open-top bus.

Option 2: Yar Valley

Group of family walkers

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk beside the tidal River Yar to the historic town of Yarmouth with its bustling harbour and Tudor castle. We’ll return on the opposite side of the river back to Freshwater Bay.

Don’t miss: The salt marsh, reedbeds and mud flats of the Yar Estuary are a great place to see wildfowl and waders.

Option 3: Compton Bay

Two girls paddling in the sea

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk atop the Downs east of Freshwater Bay. We then descend to the beach and follow the coastal path back to Freshwater Bay.

Don’t miss: There's time to paddle at then beach, then enjoy the sweeping views along the island's south-west coast, as you walk over the chalk cliffs of Compton Down.

Option 4: The Longstone

Chalk cliffs above the beach at Compto Bay

Distance: 13 miles (21km)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk over the Downs to the Neolithic Longstone, then descend to coast and follow the coastal path back to Freshwater Bay.

Don’t miss: The Neolithic Longstone on Mottistone Down; according to legend this 13ft stone was thrown here by a giant!

 

Two girls eating an ice cream sundae

 

 Holiday information

Family friendly: KIDS GO FREE if booked by 29 December 2017. After this date children under 11 go FREE and children up to 17 get a 50% discount.

Child friendly walks: we select the most child-friendly walks with shorter distances and plenty of interest along the route. The shorter walks usually allow plenty of time to enjoy the beach or pool before the evening meal at 6.30pm.

Please note that the outdoor pool is not open during October half-term breaks but our leaders will organise lots of activities before and after dinner!

 Expert leaders: our friendly walks leaders will ensure that families get the most out of the walks

Peace of mind: only families can book on our dedicated Family holidays - the kids get the run of the Country House in a safe environment

Free day: on our 7 night holidays, enjoy a day without walks to get out and make the most of the nearby family-friendly attractions

Group of children and leadersTerrain and transport

Our Family and Easier Walks finish earlier in the afternoon to suit little legs - walks are not suitable for pushchairs. Easier Walks have gently undulating gradients whilst the Medium and Harder Walks have occasional steeper sections.

On some days the walks start or finish at Freshwater Bay House; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.

 

Children playing games at Freshwater Bay HouseActivities at Freshwater Bay House

 

Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an evening activity created specifically for all the family or use the Country House facilities.

Images supplied by visitisleofwight.co.uk 

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Local area

Discover the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a delightful haven away from the bustle of the mainland, easily reached by ferry. Broadly diamond shaped, the island is 25 miles long and 15 miles wide. This makes it ideally sized for a week’s walking and exploration.

Freshwater Bay
Freshwater Bay is a small semi-circular cove at the foot of the garden of Freshwater Bay House. There is a pebble beach here, or better sandy beaches approximately 3 miles away at Totland Bay or Colwell Bay. Shops and banks are located in Freshwater village, about 30 minutes’ walk away.

Sailing boats and ferry in Yarmouth harbourYarmouth
The small harbour town of Yarmouth is located 3 miles north of Freshwater Bay; either a 10 minutes drive, a pleasant 1 hour walk, or reached using the 'Needles Breezer' open-top bus. Yarmouth has a selection of small shops and pubs, and there's always a bustle of activity around the harbour. Yarmouth's Tudor castle is also worth a visit. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/yarmouth-castle/ 

Impressive frontage of Osborne HouseOsborne House
Queen Victoria’s island residence, managed by English Heritage, is located near East Cowes at the north of the island. Enjoy the lavish interiors and take time to explore the extensive grounds which slope down to the Solent. Osborne House is about 40 minutes drive from Freshwater Bay. During the main season (May to Sept) we offer an excursion to Osborne on most Wednesdays. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/osborne/

Entrance to Carisbrooke CastleCarisbrooke Castle
A fine medieval castle situated near Newport in the heart of the island. The castle's most famous 'resident' was King Charles I, who was imprisoned here after the English Civil War. Walk around the impressive walls and visit the castle's famous well where donkeys are used to raise the water using a large treadmill. The castle is around 20 minutes' drive from freshwater Bay, and can also be reached direct using the number 12 bus. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/carisbrooke-castle/ 

Black steam locomotiveIsle of Wight Steam Railway
Step back in time and ride this vintage steam railway from Wootton to Smallbrook Junction. The railway has a particularly historic collection of locomotives and rolling stock, including many wooden 4-wheeled carriages dating from the the 19th Century. The main station is at Havenstreet where you'll also find a museum and the line's workshops. The steam railway is about 45 minutes' drive away, but can also be reached by local bus, via Newport. www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

Blackgang Chine
This fantasy theme park is a big hit with children of all ages. Attractions include Cowboy village, 'Fantasyland', maze and the giant snakes and ladders. Adults may also enjoy the maritime exhibition and working sawmill. Blackgang is 20 minutes' drive from Freshwater Bay and in Summer can be reached using the 'Island Coaster' bus. www.blackgangchine.com

Ventnor Botanical Gardens
The island's rich climate enables Mediterranean plants to prosper. Enjoy magnificent floral displays and relaxing gardens. Ventnor is 30 minutes' drive from Freshwater Bay and in Summer can be reached using the 'Island Coaster' bus. www.botanic.co.uk

Travel

Travel to Freshwater Bay

Our address is: Freshwater Bay House, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight PO40 9RB

 Ferry

By ferry & transfer - great value!

We offer a reduced price ferry and transfer ticket - just £22 return for adults and £12 for children. This includes a foot passenger ticket for the Lymington to Yarmouth ferry, plus a connecting transfer to Freshwater Bay.

Our transfers operate every Saturday and Wednesday (Friday and Monday in the low season). These connect with the 1500, 1600 and 1700 ferries from Lymington. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Yarmouth in time to catch the 0845 or 1005 ferries to the mainland.

Book your tickets by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is Lymington Pier on the mainland. This is immediately adjacent to the ferry terminal. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

 Ferry

By ferry:

The Lymington to Yarmouth ferry is the most convenient for Freshwater Bay - see www.wightlink.co.uk

Alternatively the Southampton to East Cowes ferry is often the cheapest option if you want to take your car to the Isle of Wight - see www.redfunnel.co.uk

Driving to us

By car:

From Yarmouth turn right out of the ferry terminal onto the A3054 and over the bridge across the River Yar. After 1 mile turn left down Pixley Hill, signposted to Freshwater Bay. At the double roundabout by the Co-op turn left onto the A3055 and follow this road to the seafront at Freshwater Bay. Turn right passing the Albion Hotel on the left. The entrance to Freshwater Bay House is beyond on your left.

Alternatively leave your car on the mainland and travel to the Isle of Wight as a foot passenger. There is a pay and display car park at Lymington Pier - price £8.20 per day. 

Travel by plane 

Travelling from overseas

If you're travelling from Europe the most convenient airport is at Southampton. From Southampton Airport Parkway station (adjacent to the airport terminal) there are regular trains to Lymington Pier - journey time 40 minutes). See www.nationalrail.co.uk for details.

For most guests, travelling to either London Heathrow or London Gatwick airport is the best option. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for onward connections by train to Lymington Pier.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
26 May 2018 FWFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Freshwater Bay 4 £559.00 Book Now
26 May 2018 FWFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Freshwater Bay 7 £899.00 Book Now
30 May 2018 FWFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Freshwater Bay 3 £399.00 Book Now
21 Jul 2018 FWFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Freshwater Bay 7 £899.00 Book Now
28 Jul 2018 FWFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Freshwater Bay 7 £899.00 Book Now
4 Aug 2018 FWFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Freshwater Bay 7 £899.00 Book Now
11 Aug 2018 FWFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Freshwater Bay 7 £899.00 Book Now
18 Aug 2018 FWFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Freshwater Bay 7 £899.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • All child prices are based on sharing with an adult. Children not sharing an adult's room will be subject to a £50 surcharge per child per stay. A single room charge of £5 per child per night will be made where applicable.
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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