Isle of Wight

26 to 28 October 2018

The Team

Brian (taking picture), Steve P, Gill, Sid, Simon, Steph, Nigel, Lola, Clare, John. Also Judi (not on the walk) and Charles & Helen who joined on Sunday

Day 1 - The Needles to Shorwell (12 miles)

Day 2 - Circular walk from Bonchurch (7 miles)

Most of the group arrived on Friday evening, in time for dinner at the Bonchurch Inn (sadly about to be sold!). On Saturday morning we set off by taxi to Alum Bay, and took the footpath up on to Tennyson Down, heading over the top of the hill and down to Freshwater Bay, where we had a coffee stop by the beach at the RNLI shop. After that we followed the Tennyson Trail up to the golf course and across to Chessell where we turned off the path and had lunch at the Chessell Pottery cafe. In the afternoon we followed the path on to Shorwell, where our taxis picked us up from the pub. Dinner in the evening was at Masala Bay in Ventnor.

On Sunday we headed off directly from Bonchurch on to Bonchurch Down and then north towards Shanklin, where we picked up the path along the old railway track. That took us into the centre of Shanklin where we met Charles and Helen at the railway station and stopped at "No 64" bar for a snack lunch. Quite a nice place but very slow service! After lunch we headed back along the coast path to Bonchurch, in time for departure to catch the 5pm ferry from Fishbourne back to the mainland.

An excellent weekend and many thanks to Gill, Nigel, Sid and Judi for hosting us all.

Photos (click on each for a bigger image)

Orientation table on Limerstone Down

The church at Shorwell

View from the coast path towards Culver Cliff

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