Isle of Wight Outdoor Escapes Holiday

Exhilarating weekends and short breaks - as adventurous or relaxing as you choose

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Meadows & hills

Level

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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £335.00 - 3 to 6 nights

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Holiday overview

Nothing beats heading off at the end of the week for an Outdoor Escapes break with people on the same wavelength as you. Spend your days exploring the heritage, culture and wildlife of stunning landscapes before joining fellow travellers in the bar for an evening chatting about your adventures at one of our exclusive walkers’ country houses.

Outdoor Escapes offer exhilarating weekends and active breaks; ideal if you want to make the most of your time away from work.

Your break can be as action-packed or relaxed as you choose. There's a choice of three walks each day including challenging longer walks along the stunning coast path if you're keen to stretch yourself. If you prefer to take things easy, our shorter walks allow plenty of time to see wildlife, stop at the pub, or explore the key sights. 

Once the activity is over, relax at our 4-star Country House with a delicious meal and glass of wine with other likeminded outdoor enthusiasts.

The Isle of Wight is a world away from the bustle of the mainland. On our Outdoor Escapes, guided walking holidays you'll discover the island’s glorious 85-mile coastline of unspoilt sandy beaches and dramatic white cliffs, as well as panoramic walks over the flower-rich chalk downland.

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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.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Welcoming bar with local beer
  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Three lounges with view across the bay
  • Dining room
  • Bar
  • 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

An example of Freshwater Bay evening mealAll 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

Your evenings

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

Experience the very best of the Isle of Wight. Each day we'll offer three options, ranging from relaxing shorter strolls, to more challenging longer walks. Our flexible programme allows you to choose the option that suits your mood.

For those of you staying for 6 nights, there will be a free day in the middle of the holiday - the perfect chance to head off and explore independently, or just kick back and relax.

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

Outdoor Escapes at Freshwater Bay - 3 night weekend breaks

Available on: 21 Sep 2019

Freshwater Bay HouseDay 1: Arrival Day

Join us at our Freshwater Bay Country House for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short pre-dinner stroll down to the beach to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures to come.

 

Day 2: Tennyson Down & Alum Bay

Choose from a choice of 3 guided walks. Soak up the breathtaking coastal scenery on walks to the Needles and the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down.

Option 1: The Needles

Striding out to the Needles

Distance: 4 miles

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

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

Option 2: Atop the chalk cliffs

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 views as you round the Needles headland and return over Tennyson Down.

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

Option 3: West Wight Circuit

View over Freshwater Bay to Tennyson Down

Distance: 13 or 16 miles

The walk in a nutshell:  A true leg stretcher covering the western tip of the island and taking in magnificent sections of the Isle of Wight Coast Path, all the way back to Freshwater Bay.

Don’t miss: A fantastic final leg, following the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down.

 

Day 3: Coastal Paths and Dinosaur footprints

Discover the island's wild south-west coast, stopping to discover the remarkable dinosaur footprints from a local expert.

Option 1: Brighstone to Freshwater Bay

Thatched cottages om Brighstone

Distance: 6½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Brighstone to the coast and the Isle of Wight Coast Path, and along to Freshwater Bay.

Don’t miss: searching for evidence of Iguanodon or Theropod foot casts with our dinosuar experts.  

Option 2: Calbourne to Freshwater Bay

Picturesque cottages in Winkle Street, Calbourne

Distance: 8½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Calbourne over the Downs to the coast for some fossil hunting before walking on to Freshwater Bay.

Don’t miss: The chance to spot dinosaur footcasts with the help of our experts.

Option 3: Along the South West Coast

The beach and cliffs at Compton Bay

Distance: 11 miles

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the coast path along the island’s windswept southwest coast from Blackgang to Freshwater Bay.

Don’t miss: stopping to spend time with the fossil experts, looking for evidence of dinosaurs. 

 

Day 4: Departure Day & Compton Down walk

Make the most of your final morning with the opportunity to join a guided walk over nearby Compton Down.

Option 1: Compton Down

Chalk cliffs above the beach at Compto Bay

Distance: 5 miles

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from Freshwater Bay onto Compton Down.

Don’t miss: Enjoy classic views of the chalk cliffs, and across the Solent to the mainland.

 

 


Outdoor Escapes at Freshwater Bay - 3 night midweek breaks

Available on: 24 Sep 2019

Freshwater Bay HouseDay 1: Arrival Day

Join us at our Freshwater Bay Country House for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short pre-dinner stroll down to the beach to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures to come.

 

Day 2: Vineyards & the Undercliff

Choose from a choice of 3 guided walks that explore the east of the island. Take it easy on our vineyard walk, or stride out on our long walks along the coast.

Option 1: Vineyard Walk

Langham vineyard

Distance: 3 miles

The walk in a nutshell: The Isle of Wight steam railway takes us to the start of a superb short walk over Brading Down, leaving us plenty of time to sample a tipple or two at the vineyard*, or to explore the Roman Villa* (*payable locally).

Don’t miss: A tour and some sampling of some of the island's fantastic wines.

Option 2: Niton to Shanklin

Bluebells in field overlooking Shanklin

Distance: 8½ miles

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

Don’t miss: an ice cream in Ventnor - Crave ice cream parlour was voted the UK's number 1 in 2018!

Option 3: Chale Green to Shanklin

View over St Catherine's Point lighthouse

Distance: 12 miles

The walk in a nutshell: We head over St Catherine's Down from Chale Green, with fantastic views down to the coast where we join the coast path all the way to Shanklin.

Don’t miss: a quick visit to the 'pepperpot' - the oldest surviving medieval lighthouse in the UK.

 

Day 3: Carisbrooke Castle & the Tennyson Trail

Enjoy walks to the enchanting Carisbrooke Castle, or stride out over the downs, following the Tennyson Trail.

Option 1: Carisbrooke Castle

The enttrance to Carisbrooke Castle

Distance: 4 miles

The walk in a nutshell: A nice leisurely walk over the Downs to the romantic setting of Carisbrooke Castle. We've left plenty of time for you to explore.

Don’t miss: Meeting the donkeys that power the water wheel at castle.

Option 2: Shorwell to Carisbrooke

St Peter's church in the village of Shorwell

Distance: 9 miles

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

Don’t miss: Snapping shots of picturesque Shorwell with its thatched cottages and historic church.

Option 3: Tennyson Trail

Rolling chalk hills on the Tennyson Trail

Distance: 12½ miles

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the spine of the island from Carisbrooke to Freshwater Bay. We’ll cross hills to Shorwell then pick up the Tennyson Trail along the Downs.

Don’t miss: One of our most popular walks. Your celebratory pint at the end of the walk will be well deserved!

 

Day 4: Departure Day & Compton Down walk

Make the most of your final morning with the opportunity to join a guided walk over nearby Compton Down.

Option 1: Compton Down

Chalk cliffs above the beach at Compto Bay

Distance: 5 miles

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from Freshwater Bay onto Compton Down.

Don’t miss: Enjoy classic views of the chalk cliffs, and across the Solent to the mainland.

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 or 1600 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 at least 7 days in advance 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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