Things to do

Guided Wight Walks

Michelle Cook. Guided Wight Walks

Guided Wight Walks with Michele Cook I have put together a selection of interesting easy & moderate walks to help you discover the beautiful Isle of Wight. I am also available for private guided walks. I have been a Tour Leader for over 20 years. Leading many different exciting tours/treks in over 70 countries. From […]


East London Windsurfing Club

The East London Windsurfing Club have stayed at Stoats Farm for the past ten years, making use of the wonderful local beaches at Colwell, Totland, Compton and Brook Bay.      

Eating out and Pubs

The Red Lion Pub

We have a pub next door- The Highdown Inn (01983 752450). Very handy! It serves good beer and food all year round. West Wight,being geared to the needs of visitors, has many fine pubs and all of them serve food. The Red Lion (01983 754925) in Freshwater old village has won many awards. Another pub […]


Sailing in Totland Bay

The Island is fabulously wealthy in the facitilites in can offer to pleasure boats of all sizes. All of the marinas and harbours offer fine facilities and safe mooring or anchorage. There are certificated training courses run at the UKSA in Cowes at all levels for all ages. There are two local clubs. The Royal […]


There isn’t much fresh water fishing in the West Wight but there are sea fishing trips organized from Yarmouth Harbour on which the harbour staff will be happy to advise. Equipment can be bought from Harwoods in the Square in Yarmouth. There are also great places for shore fishing. Totland village has a very good fishing tackle […]



Many of the visitors to Stoats farm come to us on cyling holidays and all of the Island is reasonably cycle ‘friendly’ with IW Council designated signposted routes. Two of the nearest and most rewarding are from Yarmouth to the Needles and from Shalfleet to Mottistone. Image: Jason Swain Photography



The River Yar estuary is a birdwatcher’s delight with a huge variety of fowl, seabirds and hens. There are always birdwatching books on sale at Ottakers Bookshop in Newport. They will happily arrange to post them to you. Image: Jason Swain Photography

Painting & Photography

Totland Sunset

There are so many coastal and river scenes to capture that the West Wight has become an internationally renowned haven for artists. It has a rich history in photography and the Julia Margaret Cameron museum, dedicated to one of the world’s finest photography pioneers, is at Dimbola Lodge in Freshwater Bay. It is no coincidence […]


Compton Beach

There are five excellent beaches close to Stoats farm at Totland Bay, Colwell Bay, Alum Bay, Freshwater Bay and Compton. They are clean and suitable for families. They are all accessible to within easy walking distance by car.  Naturist bathing takes place at Atherfield Bay. Image: Jason Swain Photography


West Wight Walking

So many people come to the West Wight to walk the downs, the river banks and roads that it would be impossible to list all of the beautiful walks of all grades which can be enjoyed. There are numerous books available and there are many local people who will be happy to advise you. Image: […]

Paragliding and Hang Gliding

Paragliding at Compton

There are courses offered by High Adventure (01983 730075) and the hills and cliffs of the South Wight coast offer ideal conditions for soaring and height gain flying. Image: Jason Swain Photography


West Wight Surfing

Compton and Atherfield Bays are superb surfing beaches and, when conditions are right, among the most challenging for wind and board surfers. Image: Jason Swain Photography


West Wight Golf

Freshwater Bay Golf Club has spectacular views over the English Channel and its greens have been described as some of the best in England. They welcome visitors. The course is less than 6000 yards but with some challenging approaches and is a par 68 off the back greens. Image: Jason Swain Photography

Pleasure Boat Trips

The Waverley

There are organized pleasure trips to the Needles Lighthouse from Alum Bay. There are daily summer sailings to Poole from Yarmouth Pierhead. The paddle steamer ‘Waverley’ visits and runs trips from Yarmouth over a few days in the summer. The trips are very popular and it is also possible to look over the ship while […]


Swimming at West Wight Sports Centre

Their are indoor swimming facilities at the West Wight Swimming Sports Centre in Freshwater village. Image: Jason Swain Photography