A Popular Yachting Port
Yarmouth is an ideal port for those who want to explore the Needles and surrounding areas. Unfortunately, much of the Needles area is not open cyclists as it's mainly Footpaths. Although, from a Mountain Bikers point of view, it is the nearest port to one end of the Tennyson Trail - the best know off-road trail on the Island.
The Needles aside, there's plenty of off-road riding to be had; and being the quieter side of the Island, it has a wilder feel.
With an Ordnance Survey map you can create classic rides, without local knowledge.
For the walkers, Yarmouth has some great walking taking in both downland and classic coastal walks.
Yarmouth has the shortest Vehicle Ferry Crossing time of all the cross Solent operators - but it is less frequent than other operators.
There's not a great deal of accommodation for those bringing their bikes, in the town centre of Yarmouth. Though, the surrounding area has plenty of self catering and bike friendly guest houses.
Yarmouth is not a tourist town as such. The harbour and the River Yar, are a magnet for visiting Yachts. It's lively and quite refined, compared to other seaside towns on the Isle of Wight, and very compact.
The sunsets in Yarmouth are subjectively, beautiful. A Summer evening spent appreciating a sunset at Yarmouth is never a waste of time.
Things to Do
Yarmouth Castle is easily missed, but worth a visit. The castle was built on the orders of Henry VIII to stop French invaders. Though the castle is small it is a perfectly preserved example of its type. It's owned by the National Trust. Charges Apply.
Yarmouth has plenty of history. It was the home of Sir Robert Holmes, a swashbuckling character, and once Governor of the Isle of Wight. Sir Robert's statue can be seen at the local church. The statue was originally meant to portray Louis XIV of France. Sir Robert captured a ship conveying the statue in the English Channel, and had the statue re-sculptured to portray himself.
Sir Robert's house is the now the prestigious George Hotel. A plaque commemorates where his old bedroom once was.