The Solent, Cowes, Isle of Wight (England, UK).
The Solent is the strait that separates the Isle of Wight from the mainland of England. It is about 20 miles in length and about one to four miles wide.
The Solent is a major shipping route for passenger, freight and military vessels and an important recreational area for water sports, particularly yachting.
It is sheltered by the Isle of Wight and has a very complex tidal pattern, which has greatly benefited Southampton’s success as a port.
The area is of great ecological and landscape importance, particularly because of the coastal and estuarine habitats along the edge of the Solent.