Taking it slow on the Island

The Isle of Wight is the latest UK destination to feature in an award-winning series of travel guides.

Author and journalist Mark Rowe – who has visited the Island over 30 times since first spending childhood holidays here – has written the book in co-operation with Visit Isle of Wight and local businesses.

Mark is also the author of Visit Isle of Wight’s popular slow travel website, Slow Wight Travel Guide.

Slow travel is an approach to travel that emphasizes connection to local people, cultures, food and music, providing a trip can educate and have an emotional impact, while remaining sustainable for local communities and the environment – reflecting the very nature of the Island’s own UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Status.

Bradt, the world’s largest publisher of travel journals, says the Isle of Wight edition will join their top-selling series of slow travel guides to UK regions, combining practical information with descriptive detail, anecdotes and insider tips to make the most from your destination.

The guide includes where to go to see red squirrels, where to hire e-bikes, where to go foraging and attractions for families. It also covers historic and present quirks, curiosities and attractions, including Jimi Hendrix’s love affair with the Island, a day in the life of a ferry master, tree climbing, World War Two history, the annual walk at low tide to explore the wildlife underneath Ryde’s Victorian pier, dinosaur fossil-rich beaches and more.

Retailing at £15.99, the Bradt Guide to the Isle of Wight includes 22 maps, including regional, walking and cycling maps.

Mark Rowe will be visiting Medina Bookshop in Cowes on April 7 to talk about the process of bringing the book together, and his love of the Island. The evening event costs £6 per person and can be booked by calling 300044 – places are limited.