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The Isle of Wight (IOW) is about 23 miles east to west and 13¼ miles north to south with a total area of 147 square miles, but within that apparently modest area there is plenty of scope for interesting walks, as we found. Of course, we were never far from the coast, so many of our walks followed the Downs and the cliff tops. However, there was also a lot of scope for inland walks and of course for cycling. The maximum height on the IOW is 241 metres, but some ascents can be quite challenging.
We also had the opportunity to do some sightseeing; Osborne House (of Victoria and Albert fame), Carisbrooke Castle (of Charles I fame) and Mottistone (National Trust) Gardens as well as a heritage steam railway were all interesting possibilities vying for our attention. Some of these attractions could be incorporated into our walks or were only a bus ride of not more than 1½ hours away.
Incidentally, the Romans were on the Isle of Wight before us, and used to call the island "Vectis". So, what? Well, the name "Vectis" occurs on the island in association with numerous businesses and organizations, large and small. So, for example, as we would find out, we have: "Vectis Electrical", a local electrical shop in Freshwater, and, on a much larger scale, the all-island bus company, "Southern Vectis".
A big thank you, Georgina, for so diligently organizing this trip. Thank you Georgina and Jane, for organizing the restaurant visits on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Thank you event leaders, for leading walks and arranging "cultural" visits. Thank you to all for your company and for your contributions. Thank you to the Weather Gods; we had perfect weather throughout our stay!