Our annual day-trip to the Isle of Wight yesterday went well. The journey to and from the IoW was uneventful, the weather was good and the route was varied and interesting. Thirty-nine met at the start at Lake railway station on the IoW. Most travelled by train to Portsmouth, then all took the FastCat ferry to Ryde and the Island Line train from here to Lake. The leaders completed their lists of those on the two walks at Lake station, gave a brief outline of the day and then set off for the seafront at Sandown where we stopped for twenty minutes for refreshment before dividing into the two groups.
The 25 on the long walk (11½ miles) set off first and headed NE along the coastal path to Culver Down and the Yarborough Monument where they stopped briefly to sit on the steps and admire the panoramic view.
We continued along the coastal path heading for Bembridge, turned off through a caravan park, reached Hillway Road, turned right on this and then took a footpath on the left that led to Sandown Road (B3395), crossed this and continued on a bridleway that took us to the Bembridge Windmill. Here we stopped for ten minutes to give NT members the chance fora brief look inside and others the opportunity to buy an ice cream.
By now clouds had cleared and we walked in sunshine the rest of the day.
After the windmill we continued NE along a road, branched off on a footpath on the left and reached the north side of Bembridge at Bembridge Point. Here we stopped for an hour for lunch. After lunch we rejoined the coastal path and followed it to Ryde stopping at St Helens and Seaview for more refreshment. We reached Ryde at about 5.30 pm and stopped there for fish and chips. None of us went short of food on the outing.
Near Puckpool Point as we walked along the sand (it was low tide) we saw a large kite flying above sailing boats. It was attached to a small boat, a kiteboat, a vessel new to us.
Map: OL 29, LR 196