Guided Walking at Freshwater Bay

Isle of Wight

Code: FWBOB

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Meadows & hills
  • Newly Refurbished

Level

  • Easier
  • Easy
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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 £249.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Special offer: Save up to £125pp*. Book by 31 December 2016

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Holiday overview

Save up to 125The Isle of Wight is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland, offering a peaceful haven of picture-postcard thatched villages packed with tempting teashops.

The island’s glorious 85-mile coastline boasts unspoilt sandy beaches and dramatic white cliffs. Soak up breathtaking views as you stride out, invigorated by the sea air. Admire the gleaming white jaggy spires of the Needles, stroll along the chalk downland and the scenic coastal paths, or stretch your legs following the Tennyson Trail.

  • Great walks on chalk downs and coastal paths on this walker-friendly island
  • Outstanding coastal location by the cliffs of Tennyson Down
  • Trace Queen Victoria’s long connection with the island and follow in the footsteps of writers Tennyson, JB Priestley and Lewis Carroll

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Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Choice: choose from up to 3 guided walks each walking day, with expert guides
  • Accommodation: extensive grounds, direct access to the beach, and an outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together

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Accommodation

Freswater Bay refurbished for 2016

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Freshwater Bay House dates from the 1790s and is a prominent local landmark, occupying a premier coastal location below the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down. As a comfortable Country House it makes an excellent base for our walking and leisure activity holidays.

Bedrooms

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.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.

Freshwater Bay House has three lounges with views across the bay. There is also an attractive dining room and bar. The multi-purpose activity room can either be used as a painting studio, or as a games room with table tennis and a Nintendo Wii. Free WiFi is available in some public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.

The heated outdoor swimming pool is usually open from Easter to September, depending on the weather, and is very popular with our guests.

Freshwater Bay House sits in extensive gardens with steps down to the beach. Outside there is a putting green, croquet lawn, table football, badminton and tennis. For children there is an outdoor playground, plus outdoor games.

Freshwater Bay also has a Dandelion Café serving a range of coffee and speciality leaf teas, plus snacks and sandwiches. It is also licensed, offering beer, spirits, and a variety of wines from around the world.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on wildlife or the island’s rich history from a local speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Accessibility

Arrival & car parking facilities

  • Specific disabled parking bays are available at the front of the house and there is a comprehensive disabled ramp leading into the main entrance of the building
  • The main car park is a grassed area 

Main entrance & reception

  • Disabled ramp leading up to the main entrance. There are double doors at the top of the ramp (140cm wide) leading into the foyer
  • Alternatively, you can reach the main entrance up six concrete steps. Each step is16cm high. Grab rails are provided on both sides of the main entrance (the main door is 170cm wide)
  • There is one step (13cm high) leading up to the reception area with a portable ramp available on request. Seating is available in the foyer area
  • All public areas are carpeted with a short-pile carpet 

Hall, stairs, landing & corridors

  • All public areas are carpeted. The corridors are 1.5m wide, all carpeted and well lit, including night lights
  • A public telephone is located on the ground floor, the door width of 86cm 

Public areas - sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc

  • On the ground floor, there is ballroom, bar, dining room, large lounge and ladies and gents toilets
  • A loop system has been installed in the ballroom (you need your hearing aid switched to T for this facility)
  • The large lounge has sliding patio doors also leading into the garden and pool area. These doors are 114cm wide 

Public WCs

  • Fully accessible ladies and gents toilets are available on the ground floor.

Dining room & bar

  • The corridor leading to the dining room is 123cm wide with short pile carpet throughout
  • Dining room tables have an underspace of 73cm and all furniture is flexible
  • Double patio doors (100cm wide) lead from the dining room to garden
  • All meals served are with waitress service
  • The bar is located on the ground floor. The bar is 1.25m high 

Bedrooms

There are 3 single rooms and 3 double rooms on the ground floor. Access to these rooms is via 2 steps (62cm in total height) with a portable ramp available. 

Room 1 (especially adapted for wheelchair use):

  • Entrance door 102cm wide, room size 4m x 3.5m, fully carpeted
  • Single bed, bedside cabinet, armchair, dressing table and wardrobe with lower hanging rail fitted
  • All electric plugs and sockets have been fitted in lower position
  • Bathroom fully adapted
  • Bathroom fully adjusted for wheelchair use. Entrance 89cm and vinyl flooring
  • Sink has 87cm underspace, lightcords have been extended and a flexible shaving mirror fitted
  • Roll in shower with space of 115cm x 78cm. Special shower chair available on request. All shower accessories have been adapted for wheelchair user (incl. soap dishes, grab rails, coat hooks etc)
  • Toilet is 51cm high, extended toilet seat available on request. Easy transfer from wheelchair to toilet
  • Total bathroom size 290 x 203cm 

Room 4

  • Entrance door 108cm. Large and bright room with easy access to main areas of the house
  • Double bedded room, sleeping area suitable for wheelchair user
  • Although the sleeping area is suitable for wheelchair user, the bathroom has not been adapted
  • The entrance to shower has a lip of 8cm in height 

Other bedrooms are situated on the first and second floors

  • There are 21 steps to first floor, 16cm high, 32cm deep and 122cm wide
  • There are a total of 40 steps from the ground floor to the second floor
  • Most of the other rooms are en-suite, some with shower, others with both shower and bath. There is vinyl flooring in all bathrooms 

Grounds and gardens

  • Access to the beach via private steps (rather steep) in the hotel garden
  • Garden is level, with tarmac pathways 

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • 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
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next.

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

 

Easier Walks

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

 

Medium Walks

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

 

Harder Walks


We’ve a fantastic selection of walks for 2017 - see below.


Group A: Tennyson Down and Alum Bay

Easier Walk: A fabulous figure of eight walk over Tennyson Down, the grand chalk cliffs directly behind Freshwater Bay House. We’ll walk to the view of the Needles at the very tip of the island and visit Alum Bay, famous for its coloured sands. 7 miles (11km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Head to the coast at Totland Bay and soak up the glorious sea view as we round the Needles headland and return over Tennyson Down. 8½ miles (13.5km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: A circuit of the western tip of the island. We’ll follow the Yar Valley to Yarmouth, and then follow the coastal path to Alum Bay, before a glorious finale over the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down back to Freshwater Bay. 12 miles (19km) with 1,550 feet (480m) of ascent.


Group B: Eastern Wight

Easier Walk: Starting from St Helens we cross the Causeway at Bembridge harbour and walk to the 18th century Bembridge Windmill. We’ll then walk to the chalk cliffs of Culver Down, near the eastern tip of the island, and follow the coastal path to Sandown. 7 miles (11km) with 550 feet (160m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Soak up the sea air and views of the Solent as we follow the coastal path from the outskirts of Ryde to St Helens. We head inland past the Bembridge Windmill and rejoin the coastal path to Sandown. 8½ miles (14km) with 750 feet (220m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From the village of Havenstreet, we cross the Isle of Wight steam railway before ascending Brading Down and walking along the ridge, enjoying the views across the Solent to the mainland and over Sandown bay to the English Channel. We’ll continue through Brading to Bembridge Windmill, then over Culver Down and along the coastal path to Sandown. 11 miles (18km) with 1,150 feet (360m) of ascent.


Group C: Shorwell and Carisbrooke Castle

Easier Walk: We start in the pretty village of Shorwell with its thatched cottages and historic church and follow the Shepherd’s Trail to the impressive castle at Carisbrooke, with its well-preserved walls and famous donkey well (admission payable). 6½ miles (10.5km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Walk from the south coast to Carisbrooke Castle via Shorwell village. One steep ascent. 9 miles (14km) with 1,150 feet (360m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: A great 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, with extensive views throughout. Three steep ascents. 12½ miles (20.5km) with 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent.


Group D: Over the Downs to Ventnor Botanic Garden

Easier Walk: Starting near St Catherine’s Point at the southern tip of the island we’ll follow the coast along the Undercliff to Ventnor’s Botanic Garden, detouring to visit the village of Whitwell. 6 miles (10km) with 600 feet (200m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Cross the downs from Godshill to Ventnor, passing the grand ruins of Appuldurcombe House and its surrounding parkland laid out by ‘Capability’ Brown. One steep descent. 9 miles (14km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Look out for red squirrels as we walk through the woods near Sandown, then admire the widespread views on the second part of the walk which takes us over the downs to Ventnor. One steep descent. 10 miles (16.5km) with 1,350 feet (420m) of ascent.


Group E: Calbourne to Freshwater Bay

Easier Walk: Visit the much-photographed thatched cottages on Calbourne’s Winkle Street before crossing the downs and descending to Freshwater Bay. 6½ miles (10.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From Calbourne we ascend over the downs to the south coast. We’ll then follow the coastal path over the chalk cliffs of Compton Down back to Freshwater Bay. 8½ miles (14km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Cross over the downs to Brighstone, then follow the coast path along the island’s southwest coast to Freshwater Bay. Tides permitting, there’s an opportunity to see the fossilised forest at Hanover Point. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent.


Group F: Tennyson Down and Alum Bay

Easier Walk: A fabulous figure of eight walk over Tennyson Down, the grand chalk cliffs directly behind Freshwater Bay House. We’ll walk to the view of the Needles at the very tip of the island and visit Alum Bay, famous for its coloured sands. 7 miles (11km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Head to the coast at Totland Bay and soak up the glorious sea view as we round the Needles headland and return over Tennyson Down. 8½ miles (13.5km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: 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 the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down back to Freshwater Bay. 12 miles (19km) with 1,550 feet (480m) of ascent.


Group G: Godshill and Appuldurcombe House

Easier Walk: Explore the rolling downs south of Godshill village, the highlight of which is the impressive ruins of Appuldurcombe House with its grand Palladian façade and parkland laid out by ‘Capability’ Brown. 5 miles (8km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: This longer circuit passes Appuldurcombe House on the way onto Stenbury Down. We’ll return via the village of Wroxall to Godshill where you can visit the 14th century church and see the ‘chocolate box’ thatched cottages. 8½ miles (13.5km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: The harder option follows the same route as the Medium Walk but with an additional loop to take in St Boniface Down, the highest point on the island. 10½ miles (16.5km) with 1,450 feet (440m) of ascent.


Group H: Shorwell and Carisbrooke Castle

Easier Walk: We start in the pretty village of Shorwell with its thatched cottages and historic church and follow the Shepherd’s Trail to the impressive castle at Carisbrooke, with its well-preserved walls and famous donkey well (admission payable). 6½ miles (10.5km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Walk from the south coast to Carisbrooke Castle via Shorwell village. One steep ascent. 9 miles (14km) with 1,150 feet (360m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: A great 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, with extensive views throughout. Three steep ascents. 12½ miles (20.5km) with 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent.


Group I: The Undercliff

Easier Walk: Walk through the Victorian resort of Ventnor then on through the Undercliff to Shanklin, an area of widespread landslips and lush vegetation. 5½ miles (9km) with 950 feet (300m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: A walk around the southeastern corner of the island from Niton to Shanklin, with great sea views from the inland cliffs and then on through the lush Undercliff beyond Ventnor. 8½ miles (13.5km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Starting from Whale Chine, we follow the coastal path around St Catherine’s Point and then through the Undercliff to Ventnor and Shanklin. 11½ miles (18.5km) with 1,800 feet (540m) of ascent.


Group J: Yar Valley or the Tennyson Trail

Easier Walk: 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. 7 miles (11km) with 350 feet (120m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Starting from the village of Shorwell, we’ll ascend from North Court Manor to the chalk ridge of the Downs with widespread views of the Island’s south coast. After descending to the ancient Longstone, we continue along the ridge on the Tennyson trail back to Freshwater Bay. 8½ miles (13.5km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Walk over the downs to the Neolithic Longstone. Then descend to the village of Brighstone and the coast at Chilton and follow the coastal path back to Freshwater Bay – tide permitting it may be possible to view the fossilised forest at Hanover Point. 11½ miles (18.5km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent.


2017 Walking Programmes

7 night holidays: 5 days of walking. Friday starts have a free day on the Monday and Saturday starts have a free day on the Wednesday (unless otherwise stated)
Walks A-E: Fri 24 Mar, 7 Apr, Sat 22 Apr (Classic), 6 May, 3, 17 Jun (Solos), 1 (Outdoor Escapes), 8 Jul, 26 Aug, 2, 23 Sep, 7, 28 Oct
Walks F-J: Fri 31 Mar, 14 Apr (Easter – Tuesday), Sat 29 Apr, 20 May, 10, 24 Jun, 15 Jul, 9, 30 Sep, 14 Oct

4 night holidays: 3 days of walking
Walks A,B,C: Sat 22 Apr (Classic), 6 May, 3, 17 Jun (Solos), 1 (Outdoor Escapes), 8 Jul, 26 Aug, 2, 23 Sep, 7, 28 Oct
Walks C,D,E: Mon 27 Mar, 10 Apr
Walks H,I,J: Mon 3 Apr
Walks F,G,H: Fri 14 Apr (Easter), Sat 29 Apr, 20 May, 10, 24 Jun, 15 Jul, 9, 30 Sep, 14 Oct

3 night holidays: 2 days of walking
Walks A,B: Fri 24 Mar, 7 Apr
Walks D,E: Wed 26 Apr (Classic), 10 May, 7, 21 Jun  (Solos), 5 (Outdoor Escapes), 12 Jul, 30 Aug, 6, 27 Sep, 11 Oct, 1 Nov
Walks F,G: Fri 31 Mar
Walks I,J: Tue 18 Apr (Easter), Wed 3, 24 May, 14, 28 Jun, 19 Jul, 13, 4, 18 Oct


Holiday information

Terrain and transport: Easier Walks have gently undulating gradients. Medium Walks have occasional steeper sections. Harder Walks have a few 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.

Our guests: The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new guests and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas, and of people travelling alone, with a partner or with friends.

Free day: Each seven night holiday has a day without any organised walks, so you can explore the Isle of Wight independently. We can arrange transport to Osborne House, for £11 per person (dependent on numbers).

In the evenings: 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 organised activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar or use the Country House facilities.

Which break for me

Guided Walking

Leader of Guided Walking holidayOur best-selling Guided Walking holidays run throughout the year - with their daily choice of up to 3 walks, these breaks are ideal for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside on foot. Perhaps choose an Easier walk, then build up to something more challenging as your holiday progresses.

 

 

We also offer the following themed breaks that enable likeminded guests to holiday together:


Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes

Two female walkers enjoying a drink after their walk

NEW from HF HolidaysOur Outdoor Escapes are ideally suited to working age guests. Enjoy a few days away, or a longer holiday, with guests who also need to escape the working day.

During the day you can enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. In the evening relax with likeminded guests, enjoy a glass of wine at the bar, or relax in the lounge with new-found friends. For those that wish they'll also be informal evening activities on offer; perhaps a team quiz, or talk from a National Park ranger.

 

Outdoor Escapes at Freshwater Bay start on Sat 1 and Wed 5 July 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab

See our full list of Outdoor Escapes


Guided Walking - Classic Breaks

Group of guests enjoying a drink

NEW from HF Holidays Our Classic Breaks are rich with the traditions of HF Holidays, making them particularly suited to our long-standing guests

During the day enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. In the evening relax with likeminded guests during your evening meal, then enjoy a classic mix of evening activities arranged by your leaders. We'll include a great mix of quizzes, games and dancing, rounded off with a traditional party night on the final evening.

 

Classic Breaks at Freshwater Bay start on Sat 22 and Wed 26 June 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab

See our full list of Classic Breaks


Guided Walking for Solos

Two guests walking along a pathWe welcome many solo guests on our holidays; however you may prefer our dedicated holidays for solos only. As well as likeminded company, there's no extra charges for our premium single, and standard twin and double rooms.

See Guided Walking for Solos at Freshwater Bay for further details

 

 

 


Other Guided Walking holidays at Freshwater Bay

Walking with Sightseeing - the perfect combination of guided walks, plus sightseeing visits

Christmas & New Year Walking or New Year Walking for Solos - enjoy guided walks, fabulous food and a great atmosphere on these special festive breaks

Family Walking Adventure - great fun for adults and children alike

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 £20 return for adults and £10 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.

 Ferry heading to the Isle of Wight

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).

Train at Lymington Pier station 

 Ferry

By ferry:

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

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

 Ferry heading to the Isle of Wight

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. 

 

Reviews

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2 Nov 2016, 9:13 p.m.

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Our first HF holiday. Our expectations were met and we had a very pleasurable experience.

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The walking levels provided at Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight gave us a varied choice of walks at the hard level for our experience and fitness allowing us to complete 59 miles in the 5 walk days.
31 Oct 2016, 9:17 p.m.

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This was my first hf hols....it was truly very enjoyable: comfortable accommodation which included a boot room which was well thought out and exceptionally well kitted out eg boot cleaning facilities, boot polish etc.
I had to contact hf staff at the office on the day of travel to reschedule my ferry as I was held up on A34 just 3o miles north of Southampton.....this was handled very efficiently and with great sensitivity to my angst!

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Well planned walks with 3 levels offered daily and being able to try different levels on different days was very appreciated.
27 Oct 2016, 6:52 p.m.

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Efficient, excellent value for money, lots of locations to choose from

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Comfortable hotel, fantastic food, great walks
18 Oct 2016, 10:05 p.m.

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I have been walking with HF since 1986. So you understand that I am very satisfied.

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Wonderful walking week. Food and rooms outstanding. And the weather was our big friend.
18 Oct 2016, 8:55 p.m.

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HF is reliably well organized and the walks are good.
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good, beautifull houses . Very goor leaders, good services.lovely walking weeks.

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excellent house, very good leaders, very good dinners, very good service. wondefull location. A most enjoyable, lovely walking week.
18 Oct 2016, 7:36 a.m.

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Very well organised. Staff helpful when I need to change the date of my holiday.

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Very comfortable and clean hotel, friendly and helpful staff, excellent breakfast and self select lunch. Evening meal not quite so good, could do with more veg. Walking well organised as usual with three very good leaders. Not sure what else I could ask for on a walking holiday, even the weather was good!
18 Oct 2016, 7:27 a.m.

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This was my first experience so there's little to base my judgement on. Almost everything was excellent but one aspect wasn't.

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The only aspect that wasn't excellent was the size of the first walk - 22 people. Too large and therefore too slow. I personally found one of the leaders unimaginative and rather patronising, but recognise it was a personality thing, not an issue to follow up.
15 Oct 2016, 10:48 a.m.

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Excellent, efficient servive at all stages

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Fantastic walking & great accommodation
5 Oct 2016, 4:19 p.m.

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No review provided

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Vey good and attentive service by all the staff including kitchen staff

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  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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