The Isle of Wight is a lovely island just off the Hampshire coast and is a popular escape for yachting enthusiasts and cyclists. There is a 62 mile cycling trail here and the island has its own Cycling Festival held every September. Bike rentals are available all over the island. Wight is also considered one of the best spots for walking, and you can have your pick of 500 miles of well marked walking paths through the lush green landscapes and coastal routes. The island also has its own annual Walking Festival which is the largest in the UK and held over two weeks in May. Although the last few years have brought a lot of new shopping outlets and restaurants to the island, its main appeal is its mild climate, its countless outdoors activities, and 25 miles of clean beaches.