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Isle of Wight

Posted by daveb on August 1st, 2007

We spent three nights on the Isle of Wight: A beautiful island, to be sure, however dulled by almost continuous rain during our visit. Here are some of the highlights from our time on the island.

Following the culture shock of a wet campsite–for which neither of us had adequately mentally prepared–we escaped to the Culver Haven pub at Culver Down, one of the highest and thus driest points on the island. Majestic panaramic views all round called us to return the following day to stretch our lazy London legs for a three and a quarter mile circular walk from the cliff edge to the beach and back.

One of the most famous parts of the Isle of Wight is The Needles; an natural rock formation just off the Western cliff face which used to host military missile tests back in the day. I’d really love to tell you more about the history of the place but sadly, our efforts were instead spent trying to avoid detection by National Trust officials as we had accidentally driven up the steep, hairpin-cornered foot-traffic-only road to the top of the cliff. Rather than hang around at the peak for the confused general public to realise that neither Squiffy nor I were Trust staff nor did either of us suffer from any discernable mobility issues, we instead smiled sheepishly and made our way quietly back down to safety.

We also zoomed through some other villages on the isle: Seaview, Sandown, Freshwater Bay, Shanklin, Newport and Yarmouth. Most notably, we missed out Cowes altogether on this occasion due to lack of time — we will probably return in the future, assuming that the rain stops at some point.

View our gallery of the Isle of Wight.


Comment from Andrew B
Time: August 2, 2007, 7:55 am

Tipi’s look like fun! :)

Comment from Mum N. ( aka Ang/ goldfish/ d.o.b).
Time: August 2, 2007, 12:56 pm

Are you sure you went to the correct Isle of Wight ? The one on which I spent many happy holidays as a cchild was always sunny and warm. We swam in the sea most days ( at my dad,s insistence ) – tough bunch the Ames family, and spent all day on the beach. More importantly it never rained ! Or is it that I just remember it that way ?

Comment from Claire
Time: August 4, 2007, 1:09 pm

I think you’re suffering from what’s called ‘Recovered Memory Syndrome’!
Or grandad was one of those people who’s like ‘we’re on holiday, we
WILL go on the beach’!

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