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If you embark from Southampton, your ferry will cross the Solent channel and dock at Cowes, near Queen Victoria's Osborne House. Cowes is a magic name in the sailing world because of the internationally known Cowes Week yachting festival (www.aamcowesweek.co.uk), held each July or August. At the north end of the high street, on the Parade, a tablet commemorates the 1633 sailing from Cowes of two ships
carrying the first English settlers of the state of Maryland.
At the western tip of the Isle of Wight is the island's most famous natural landmark, the Needles, a long line of jagged chalk stacks jutting...
The Anglo-Norman St. Mary's Church in Brading dates back to 1180. It contains the tombs of the Oglanders, a local family whose Norman ancestor...