The Isle of Wight, England's largest island is located in the English Channel and separated from the mainland 5 miles away by the Solent. It has 57 miles of coastline and is the home of the famous Cowes Week Regatta - the longest-running regular regatta in the world. Slightly more than half of the island, mainly in the west, is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The landscape of the AONB is diverse being made up of five different sub areas which together consist of 11 distinct types of landscape. This diversity is the special attraction of the island leading to its oft-quoted description of "England in Miniature".
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