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Gallery 2 > On Location (UK) > Isle Of Wight 2
01. The Smuggler, Blackgang Chine
02. Rocket Man, St. Catherine's Oratory
03. Milky Way Rising, St. Catherine's Oratory
04. Celestial Archway, Compton Chine
17. Sunset At Gurnard
18. Knowle Windmill, Bembridge
19. Steephill Road, Ventnor
20. Shanklin Chine
13. Coloured Rocks, Alum Bay
14. Alum Bay, en route to the Old Battery
15. St. Catherine's Lighthouse, near Niton
16. Needles Viewpoint - Amazing!
09. Caravan View, The Orchards, Newbridge
10. Castlehaven Cove
11. Castlehaven Cove
12. Shanklin Chine
05. Galactic Corr's, Compton Chine
06. Milky Way Rising, Compton Bay
07. Castlehaven Cove
08. Orchards Caravan Park, Newbridge
21. Nostalgia, Compton Bay Car Park
22. Surf's Up At Seaview
23. Buddle Inn, Niton
24. Steephill Cove
The Isle of Wight, known to the ancient Romans as Vectis, is a county and the largest and second most populous island of England. It is located in the English Channel, about 4 miles (6 km) off the coast of Hampshire and is separated from mainland Great Britain by the Solent. The island has several resorts which have been holiday destinations since Victorian times. The history of the Isle of Wight includes a brief period of time as an independent kingdom in the 15th century. Until 1995, like Jersey and Guernsey, the island had a Governor.
Home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home Osborne House at East Cowes, the island has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat building, sail making, the manufacture of flying boats, the world's first hovercraft, and the testing and development of Britain's space rockets. The Isle hosts annual festivals including the Bestival and the Isle of Wight Festival, which, in 1970, was the largest rock music event ever held. The island has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe.
The Isle of Wight was part of Hampshire until 1890, when it became an independent administrative county. Until 1974 it continued to share its Lord Lieutenant with Hampshire, when it was reconstituted as a non-metropolitan ceremonial county which gave it its own Lord Lieutenant and was recognised as a postal county.
The quickest public transport link to the mainland is to and from Southsea (Portsmouth) by hovercraft, while five ferry services shuttle across the Solent.
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