When one of my favourite bloggers, Ben Penreath, doesn’t post in his usual Sunday night slot, while I pine a bit because of the lack of “Inspiration” that week, I imagine what wonderful place he’s off to this time and usually head over to Instagram to see where he’s at.
A few weeks ago I was myself away for the weekend, for my first ever trip to the Isle of Wight.
I wasn’t prepared for the wind (apparently it’s always windy there), the cost of the ferry (£110 return – but we did only book five days in advance so perhaps that’s why), the seeming lack of good eateries (any recommendations?) or the wonderful, dreamy beaches – Compton Bay was the best stop off at a whim.
Below are some pictures of Compton Bay, with the itinerary at the bottom. We walked 45-minutes all the way until the beach was no more and then came back, all the time chasing the waves as the sea continued to go out. It was a perfect beach.
|0600||Leave – 2 hours to ferry port (allow 30-60 min check in time)|
|0900||Ferry departs Southampton (in fact we arrived at 0750 and were able to get on the 0800 ferry|
|Option (we didn’t visit)||Newport Roman Villa https://www.artfund.org/what-to-see/museums-and-galleries/newport-roman-villa £3.50||Cypress Road, Isle of Wight, PO30 1HA (10-4 Sat/12-4 Sun)|
|Needles Point||Drive to Yarmouth, Needles Point
Parking: no onsite parking. Alum Bay 3/4 mile (not National Trust, minimum £5, but if NT member, show card and park for free). Freshwater Bay 3 miles (not National Trust), or Highdown (SZ325856) 2 miles, both across Downs
|Option (we didn’t visit)||(free with art pass) http://www.dimbola.co.uk/ 10-5pm Terrace Ln, Freshwater PO40 9QF|
|BEACH: Compton Bay and Brook : PO30 4HB car parks, free to NT members beach is via steep wooden steps|
|Sunday, 20 August|
|Option||Cycling Sandown to Shaklin along front (5 miles) – http://redsquirreltrail.org.uk/the-trail/|
– Bothwood Copse
|Mottistone Gardens (not open Sat)||Sunday 10-5|
|Option (we didn’t do bit ot was open the weekend we were there)||NGS – Morton Manor, Morton Manor Road, Brading, Sandown, Isle Of Wight, PO36 0EP
Off A3055 5m S of Ryde, just out of Brading. At Yar Bridge T-lights turn into lower Adgestone Rd. Take next L into Morton Manor Rd.
|Option (we didn’t do)||https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bembridge-windmill?PlaceMapClick=28||Beach: St Helens Duver St Helens, Isle of Wight, PO33 1XY For the soft sandy beach at St Helens, head to Nodes Point which is a short, flat stroll along the seafront from our car park at the Duver (free for NT members).|
|1200-1300||Osborn House (free with Art Fund)
York Avenue, Isle of Wight, PO32 6JX – £14.60 for student with NHS card
|1530||Leave for ferry – Trinity Road, East Cowes. Closest postcode PO32 6RA||5 mins from Osborn House|