15 Jan 2012

The Solent

Posted by Barney & Chris

The Solent is the name of  the stretch of water separating the Isle of Wight from mainland England.

The Solent is a major shipping route for passengers, freight, naval craft and leisure boats. It’s an important recreational area for  yachting and with Cowes at it’s centre the Solent hosts Cowes Week every year, one of the biggest sailing events in the world .

The Solent is about two miles wide and is sheltered by the Isle of Wight from the stomy weather of the English Channel. It also has a very complex tidal pattern, which has greatly benefited Southampton as a port because it gets a double high tide – which lasts much longer in Southampton Water, and allows large vessels to more easily arrive and depart.

For holiday makers there are coastal paths, beaches and rock pools to explore along the Isle of Wight’s northern coast, and there is usually plenty to see with the water activities and wildlife.

Yarmouth is a short cycle ride along the River Yar from Freshwater and the Studio Apartment.

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