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Location

Mole End is in the peaceful village of St. Lawrence, two miles from Ventnor, on the area of the south coast of the Isle of Wight known as the Undercliff.

The Undercliff's benevolent climate, with more hours of sunshine and fewer frosts than anywhere else in the British Isles, became well known in Victorian times, and the area was home to numerous sanatoriums.

The climate remains conducive to well-being, and is popular with holidaymakers on the lookout for a base from which to explore the island's many charms.

The older of St. Lawrence's two churches, originally just thirty feet long, used to be the smallest parish church in England, and the view from the trains that emerged from the St. Lawrence tunnel was said to be "the best and most dramatic in Europe".

Secluded but well-placed, St. Lawrence is an ideal choice for an Isle of Wight holiday.


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St. Lawrence is about half an hour by car from the ferry ports on the north of the island.

The Isle of Wight is well served by ferries from the mainland.

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Wightlink run car ferry services from Portsmouth to Fishbourne and Lymington to Yarmouth, as well as a catamaran service from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde for foot passengers.

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Red Funnel serve the Southampton to East Cowes route, with the Red Jet service for foot passengers from Southampton to West Cowes.

As well as booking through the individual companies, you can access information about all of them, and book tickets, through Aferry's very useful site.

Once on the island you can get as far as Shanklin by train (they use old London tube stock), but there is also an extensive bus service run by Southern Vectis.

From St. Lawrence you're within easy striking distance of everything the island has to offer (see The Isle of Wight).
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St. Catherine's lighthouse began operation in 1840.
Photograph courtesy of Peter Pritchard.

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Whichever way you go, the Coastal Path is a joy

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Secluded Woody Bay is a short walk away

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Kids love this safe bike ride round the corner

Take it and come to the Isle of Wight: Where, far from the noise of smoke and town, I watch the twilight falling brown All around a careless-ordered garden, Close to the ridge of a noble down.
Tennyson
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Steephill Cove – glorious at any time of day

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Sandown's broad expanse is great for beach cricket

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It's not all about the beaches

Location

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St. Catherine's lighthouse began operation in 1840.
Photograph courtesy of Peter Pritchard.

Mole End is in the peaceful village of St. Lawrence, two miles from Ventnor, on the area of the south coast of the Isle of Wight known as the Undercliff.

The Undercliff's benevolent climate, with more hours of sunshine and fewer frosts than anywhere else in the British Isles, became well known in Victorian times, and the area was home to numerous sanatoriums.

The climate remains conducive to well-being, and is popular with holidaymakers on the lookout for a base from which to explore the island's many charms.

The older of St. Lawrence's two churches, originally just thirty feet long, used to be the smallest parish church in England, and the view from the trains that emerged from the St. Lawrence tunnel was said to be "the best and most dramatic in Europe".

Secluded but well-placed, St. Lawrence is an ideal choice for an Isle of Wight holiday.


View Larger Map


St. Lawrence is about half an hour by car from the ferry ports on the north of the island.

The Isle of Wight is well served by ferries from the mainland.

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Wightlink run car ferry services from Portsmouth to Fishbourne and Lymington to Yarmouth, as well as a catamaran service from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde for foot passengers.

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Red Funnel serve the Southampton to East Cowes route, with the Red Jet service for foot passengers from Southampton to West Cowes.

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As well as booking through the individual companies, you can access information about all of them, and book tickets, through Aferry's very useful site.

Once on the island you can get as far as Shanklin by train (they use old London tube stock), but there is also an extensive bus service run by Southern Vectis.

From St. Lawrence you're within easy striking distance of everything the island has to offer (see The Isle of Wight).
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Whichever way you go, the Coastal Path is a joy

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Kids love this safe bike ride round the corner

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Secluded Woody Bay is a short walk away

Take it and come to the Isle of Wight: Where, far from the noise of smoke and town, I watch the twilight falling brown All around a careless-ordered garden, Close to the ridge of a noble down.
Tennyson