Isle of Wight features on the cover of the 2020 National Trust Handbook

Les Lockhart a photograph of Newtown National Trust Nature Reserve

Newtown Nature Reserve photograph on the cover of the 2020 National Trust Handbook .

The Isle of Wight features on the cover of the National Trust Handbook.  A photograph of Newtown Nature Reserve by Les Lockhart, from East Cowes, has won the contest with this photograph of his favorite local spot.

‘I love being able to go out to Newtown, whether it’s during the day to watch all the wildlife, or in the evening for the sunset” he said. ‘It’s such a beautiful, peaceful location, and there are so many features that make it a great place for photography too, like the walkway and the boats on the estuary.

‘One of the reasons I like photography is that you’re able to share these places with others. Hopefully seeing the image on the Handbook will encourage people to really appreciate and make the most of beautiful places on their own doorstep.’

Simon King, the wildlife cameraman and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and one of five judges said; ‘Les’s photo stood out because of the beautiful composition, with the wooden walkway drawing the eye in and giving that combination of the gentle touch of man in a wild landscape’. ‘It captures a moment in light that is ephemeral, but entirely possible for anyone to witness if they spend time in a place like this.’

The 2020 National Trust Handbook will be issued to 5.6 million members of the conservation charity.  The Handbook is an invaluable tool for planning a day out at National Trust properties.  The National Trust Isle of Wight has several properties and buildings on the Isle of WightThe Needles Batteries and Headland  is nearby in the west of the island with stunning cliff top views of its famous chalk headland. Other properties on the island are the Bembridge Windmill, the only surviving windmill, and nearby the Bembridge Fort.  Then there is Mottistone Gardens and Estate set in a sheltered south facing valley.   There are two coastal sites;  Compton Bay and Downs with one of the best beaches on the south coast and in the north St Helens Duver, once a victorian golf course, which has undulating sand dunes, sandy beaches and rock pools.

Sustainable travel to and around the Isle of Wight is easy.   Trains from the mainland terminate at Southhampton, Portsmouth and Lymington to connect with either Red Funnel or Wightlink Ferry services that operate regular services to the island all year round.   Once on the island the Southern Vectis Bus services will take you wherever you wish to go; to enjoy the wilds of the coastline, the glorious views from walks on the Downs, to the towns and villages or to the many other attractions the island has to offer.

Stay with us at One Holyrood Hotel as is an easy 45 minute bus journey from Ryde to Newport on the No.9 bus and a short 10 minute walk to the Hotel.  Newport, the county town and administrative centre, is located in the centre of the island making it a convenient location for visitors.

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