A Whole Island of Beach Resorts
Isle Of Wight Travel Blog› entry 45 of 59 › view all entries
July 7th, 2007 – by: rawepower
I got kind of a late start, especially after the late night after getting back from our adventures yesterday, and so I met Stuart and Nicole to catch the 10 train to Southampton. Lucky for us on the weekends runs the Virgin train services and they go fast and straight from major city to major city. So this made it really easy to get to the South this time. One in Southampton, we simply took a train to Portsmouth, were we caught a quick ferry ride across to the Isle of Wight- an island in the English channel.
Though it was couple of hours of traveling, the hassle was completely worth it. For one thing, the weather was beautiful and was the best we've seen since getting to the UK- sunny and warm. In fact, I think today was the first time I've sweated in England.
With literally no agenda (the best way to go), we decided to wander around the island, and check out the various towns and beaches. There are about 6 stops on the little, rattling train that runs up down the coast of the island, and we picked the central one. We found ourselves in this charming and quiet little beach town where we walked to the beach. Ahhh... so warm and wonderful to feel the sun warm our skin.
We didn't stop and linger in the beach, but we got some ice cream and wandering along the boardwalk. Intrestingly enough, there was a block or so of the beach where it was really commercialized and Americanized (or are we Anglicized?) complete with a family fun center, a beach junk store, and mini-golf.
The beachs immediately meet very high cliffs, and so we opted to walk along the edge of the cliffs where there is a nice path and park (a greenway, if you will) that ran along to the next two towns. The view up there was spectacular and made the experience even more worthwhile. There were gardens along the path, and it was bordered by English Tudor and countryside houses, many of which invited guests into tea.
The whole combination of the cliffs, water, sun, beach, and garden towns was incredible and we walked to the end where we were met with another little resort town. Eventually though, it was time to head back to Portsmouth so we could be sure to catch the last high speed Virgin train back to Oxford, so we took the island train back to the ferry.
On the ride back on the train, a group of local middle schoolers sat next to us.
Once we took the ferry over, we had enough time before our train leaved to wander into a pub right next to the dockyard. It was very genuine and I finally got to try some fish and chips! Very good, although I didn't know that you had to actually go up to the bar and order your food and drinks.
After we got back, the sun had just set and I was craving a run. I guess it came from sitting on the train for past few hours on the trip home. So even though it was 10:30 at night, I ventured out into the city for a thrilling run- I always enjoy exercising at night. I thought I got looks in the middle of the day, but man, try running down a street full of drunken people out partying.
Once I got back, I took the time to plan out the next day, which I would venturing out on my own.
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