7 Jan 2012

Back of the Wight

Posted by Barney & Chris

‘Back of the Wight’ is the coast of the Island from the Needles to St Catherines Head.
This is the surfing coast – the part that faces down the English Chanel to the Western Approaches and the Atlantic.
I don’t know why it’s known as ‘Back of the Wight’ but I suspect that it was due to it being so inaccessible before the Military Road was built in the late nineteenth century.

Compton Bay - Back of the Wight

This section of the Island’s coast has no harbours, no sheltered bays and lots of shallow water including the infamous Atherfield Ledges which stretch a mile out to sea and still catch the accasional unwary sailor – usually during the Round the Island Race.

But all this aside one of the best things about the Military Road is that it follows the coast and provides some great seascapes in both the summer and the winter.

See westwightholidays.co.uk for information on self catering accommodation in the West Wight.

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One Response to “Back of the Wight”

  1. Great post .. never been to the isle of wight yet but one things for sure, when I do I will be staying at your apartment, sounds and looks lovely. Karen



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