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An Exciting National Bike Week on The Isle of Wight

There are now only a few days before the unsought for the real summer weather to start. Everybody feels nice and expectant, looking forward to the warm and pleasant atmosphere of the coming season. It is great time to have fun, to go on picnics, to meet friends, visit the most gorgeous places on our planet…Summer is a good chance to get absorbed in all aspects of our super surrounding natural countryside so why not delve into and try out some of the sporting activities that can bring you in close concert nature. Adrenalin driven healthy lifestyle makes your life brighter and provides you with a sense of satisfaction.

Isle of Wight announces the National Bike Week. This is a great time to fun for all of your family to see Isle of Wight. The event takes place from 13th to the 21st of June, 2009. The Isle of Wight is a wonderful place and worth visiting for a cycling break.

Isle of Wight county council along with the local tourism authority has created many cycle ways throughout the Island. To start you off there is a flat cycle path tracking from the no longer used railway station in Cowes and stretches all the way into the centre town of Newport. Her you can rest for while as many nice picnic places from Newport to Sandown are available. From here onto Sandown viewing the wild natural beauty of the IOW, observing the rare wild plants and local species or even have a chance to see the red squirrel close up.

You may also be interested in a fine 12-mile cycle route called the Sunshine Trail. This tracks through a very favorable picturesque area that receives some of the highest amount of sun shine. Starting from the south of the IOW, it offers really magnificent panoramic views over Shanklin, then onto Lake passing by Sandown railway stations. All the way you can contemplate some of the amazing views and all from the comfort of your trusty mountain bike. For those looking for a little longer route we can offer a 15 or 16 miles cycle. This is a little more ambitious but for the real enthusiast why not attempts the 62-mile round the island route. It can be performed in one day, although it is nice to stop over in some of the super inns and B&B; dotted along its path.
If you do not have a bike, but have a great desire to take part in this event and gain such exciting experience then you can easily hire one from the very first day of the festival.

Cycling Holidays
The Isle of Wight Councils organizes for islanders as well as tourists a rich program of divers’ capability so everyone can have a go at something on offer…

During the National Bike Week you will have an opportunity to see a wide range of interesting events…They say that June is marked by the coming of The Prodigy and Stereophonics to the island. So, believe me when I say, you will have a great many pastimes to keep you from becoming bored! We wish you to have a great cycling holiday have fun and cycle safe.

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Smuggling on the Isle of Wight

Smuggling became evident on the Isle of Wight probably due to high taxes and low incomes for the locals. So smuggling became a way of generating income whilst avoiding high taxes which also meant more profit for the smuggler. The Island was well known for its exports of wool and had significant trade in this area. Up until towards the end of the end of the 18th century the Isle of Wight was relatively lacking in defences against smuggling. This led to the Island being almost a smugglers paradise with its many landing points along its south coast. The numerous chines became the sights of a whole number of routes for smuggling on the Isle of Wight providing cover so the many smugglers were less likely to be caught.

For some time in certain areas of the Island the smugglers were almost unchallenged and had a roaring trade. The Isle of Wight was up until the end of the 13th century an independent principality and many of the islanders distrusted and despised rule from the mainlanders. Smuggling tales are widespread throughout the Island and many are well known to locals. It must be said however that the smugglers did not go unchallenged and the local preventive forces gradually became more and more effective at stopping the smugglers from carrying out their criminal activities.

Of all the smugglers havens on the Isle of Wight, Rookley is known for having been the smugglers capital of the Island. The main reason for this is that Rookley is located at the epicentre of the Island. On the south coast Chale was well known for being the home of the notorious smuggling clan the ‘Wheelers’ they lived in the infamous ‘Box cottage’. Bembridge was famous for its crossings to and from France.

Bembridge today is famous for its windmill which harks back to more historic times and was used by smugglers as a helpful landmark for approaching ships.

Niton was known and written of that almost its whole populace were smugglers with many posing as having normal respectable day jobs such as farmers and fishermen. However they did little farming and fishing but somehow still had plentiful amounts of cash to spend on whatever they so desired. However it was along the north coast of the Island that most of the confrontation between the smugglers and customs officials of the time took place. For a while the smugglers had little fear of the authorities and their reprisals.
This wasn’t to be forever and in September in the year of 1777 William Arnold took up the post of collector of customs based in Cowes. This was the start of the wind of change for smuggling on the Isle of Wight and gradually William gained more support in stamping out smuggling in this local area not to mention resources to do so.

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Relax And Open Your Mind to The Eternal Universe…

When you first take your first few steps on the soil of the Isle of Wight, you will discover and be amazed by its beautiful natural flora and fauna. The second thing that astonishes your imagination will be that of its wonderful deluxe beaches, the blue waters and the wild countryisde.  We must all realise the Isle of Wight is famous for its golden sandy beaches, spectacular bays and rough cliffs, many attaining high standard of water quality and safety.

The Isle of Wight and the islanders themselves are all very hospitable. The island is ready to welcome holiday makers any time during the year.

The Isle of Wight is a fabulous opportunity to have a great holiday with the whole family whether you want to have an exciting activity or a calm one indulging in simple pastimes such as taking relaxing walks along the beaches and paths of the Island. You can be sure that your children will be busy with an abundance of entertainment and
amusement. The Isle of Wight has many things for children to get their teeth into such as the fabulous Tiger Zoo, many museums, playing crazy golf, bowling; ice skating to name but a few, they may also enjoy some of the many joyful and pleasurable times in theme parks.

If a person wants to meditate and look into his or her inner essence, there is a wonderful isolated place in Ventnor where it is possible to calm down your thoughts, think upon life fishing or collecting shells. It’s a time to relax and open your mind to the eternal universe…

The history of the island is rather appealing and cultured. Almost everybody knows that Osborne House was the favorite summer residence of Queen Victoria. However, there are so many more places of interest to visit. Carefully memories of the past for the future generations to see are dotted all over the Island. Why not explore Carisbrooke Castle or the famous Needles chalk cliffs or attend and pop over to Cowes annual regatta!

A vacation spent on the Isle of Wight will enlighten your soul and fill your mind with vivid memories and plenty of wonderful pictures. Having visited the island I can give you a really good piece of advice: if you do not want to miss any special detail of this natural beauty, explore this green island on foot and at a leisurely pace so as not to miss anything!
Believe me; you will gain a great satisfaction full of positive emotions!