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    • Day 3

      Portsmouth und Isle of Wight

      June 20, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Heute waren wir kurz in Portsmouth, um von dort mit einem Hovercraft zur Insel of Wight überzusetzen. Coole Sache, so ein Ding. Tempo auf See 55 bis 60 km/h.
      Auf der Insel dann in einen Cabrio-Bus (was denn sonst 😉) einmal über die Insel. Sehr schön, hügelig und total schmale Straßen.Read more

    • Day 3

      Isle of Wight

      June 20, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Insgesamt zu wenig Zeit für die Insel eingeplant. Dort kann man wahrscheinlich alleine drei Tage verbringen. Da waren noch Burgen, Festungen und Kirchen, die wir hätten besichtigen können.
      Naja. Vielleicht später noch einmal.

      Und eine Eisenbahn haben die da 🤔, sollen alle U-Bahn Züge aus London sein. Aber sehr zuverlässig.
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    • Day 262

      No man is an island

      October 12, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      As you can see, the outline of the IOW is ubiquitous. The O.S. map shows the path following most of the coastline, plus an assortment of inland footpaths. The fridge magnet is nearly as detailed as this, while shops, cafes and bars take up the theme. The bottles feature Goddard's, a local brewery that's been going since 1993 and very nice too; it's not supplied at the Star Inn but Harvey's, an excellent brew from East Sussex, is.

      The island appears again at an ornamental pool in Ventnor and along the coastal path, on a beach hut and even a public loo!
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    • Day 260

      Ticket to Ryde

      October 10, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Sometimes just known as "the Island", the Isle of Wight can be reached from London via Portsmouth and the 20-minute ferry across the Solent. This is followed by a quaint railway from the pier head, because the island-side of the channel is too shallow for shipping. An added curiosity is that the carriages used to run on London's Underground. The IOW is stuck in a nice time warp before the days of fast food joints and e-scooters.

      Apart from the one train service, access round the island is by bus service, which is frequent enough and punctual. In two hops I get to Alum Bay, a colourful blend of sands and clays, in the far west. There's a cliff walk that takes me to a glorious view of the Needles, a trio of chalk stacks marching into the sea. Being extremely lucky with the weather, I take a short boat ride to see the Needles with the late afternoon sun falling behind them.

      Most of the island is accessible by the coastal path and the day after, I reach Ventnor in the south-east and walk towards Sandown. For a couple of miles the path leaves the coast and rises through woodland. It's here that I find---along with a walking party---the church of St. Boniface. Listed in the Domesday Book, it must be one of the smallest in the country and one of the most beautiful I have seen.

      When the path descends to sea level, the sheer cliffs stay with me for a while until a flat stretch between Shanklin and Sandown. A good six-mile workout.
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