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There are two parts to Freshwater, the main town and
Freshwater Bay. Freshwater is positioned at the western tip of
the Island. The town offers a good range of quaint shops in
the town centre, and like Yarmouth, Freshwater is busy all
year round. It is the main shopping town for residents of the
West Wight. There are a wealth of hotels and holiday centres,
touring parks and self-catering cottages, which capitalise on
the towering white cliffs, rolling downland and beautiful
beaches at Freshwater Bay, Totland and Colwell.
Freshwater Bay is open to the Channel and takes the brunt of the prevailing winds in the winter months. Here you can see the rolling waves coming in from the Channel, crashing against the cliffs. In the summer months, however, the waters are calm and still and where the beach is pebbly , the waters are clear.
Freshwater has been attracting people for years. The Farringford Hotel was the home to Alfred Lord Tennyson, who wrote much of his work at this superb property, which looks out towards Freshwater Bay. It’s as inspiring now as it was then.
Margaret Cameron, a noted Victorian photographer, attracted many members of Victorian society, whom she photographed at her home in Freshwater Bay. Dimbola Lodge is now a trust and preserves much of her work.
If you like walking, the West Wight area and Freshwater are for you. The downs at Tennyson and Freshwater are able to provide stunning views and scenery. You will be able to walk towards Alum Bay and pass this beautiful bay, with its deep blue, clear waters. When you get onto the downs, you can see the Needles, white spires of chalk which rise up from the sea with the lighthouse at the end. This lighthouse guides ships safely past the treacherous rocks. Whilst there, check out the battlements and concrete structures which were used to forward rocket science. The Black Knight Rocket was tested from here. Not bad for a sleepy Island!
The coastline which runs from Yarmouth to Totland Bay, provides stunning beaches, with clear warm waters. The beaches are well serviced by cafés etc. and to sit in the sun, watching yachts and boats battle against the currents of the Solent, whilst your children play safely, is an experience you will never forget. Doubtless you’ll want to come back next year…
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