New chapter for Isle of Wight with literary trail

Visit Isle of Wight has unveiled a Literary Heroes Trail, helping visitors explore sites associated with writers such as Tennyson, Blyton and Dickens.

One of the highlights is the newly re-opened Farringford in Freshwater (pictured), where the renowned poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson once lived.

The Gothic house has undergone a five-year restoration project, and its grounds have been returned to their authentic Tennyson-era appearance.

Other locations on the trail include the sailing village of Seaview, where author Enid Blyton was a regular visitor; and the traditional seaside resort of Ventnor, where Charles Dickens rented Winterbourne in Bonchurch, describing it to his wife as “the prettiest place I ever saw in my life”.

The trail also reveals home-grown talent, including Oscar-winning screenwriter Anthony Minghella who wrote The English Patient.

Author Lynne Truss, a regular visitor to the Island, has edited the new Literary Heroes Trail leaflet.

The literary trail follows the success of the Isle of Wight’s Victoria’s Island Trail, which was created to celebrate the release of Victoria & Abdul in cinemas.

• The Isle of Wight Literary Festival (October 12-15) will feature poets, politicians, historians, biographers, journalists, fiction writers, authors, actors and scientists.

The event is mainly based at Northwood House, a Grade II manor house set in 20 acres of parkland in Cowes.