A Whole Island of Beach Resorts

Isle Of Wight Travel Blog

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The island from the ferry stop.
A whole island of beach resort towns in the summer after we've been cold for the past few weeks in Oxford... you do the math. Today I would say I went to my favorite place in the UK so far- the Isle of Wight.

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.
A typical town we walked through.


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 beach!
Oh well, I guess it's that way anywhere you go.

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.
Ahhh....
One of them started to talk to me (he asked "are you on holiday?") and I told him about studying abroad here and how I'm from America. It was really funny to me because I can remember being 13 (I asked him his age) and running around all summer, doing nothing. I also can remember talking to college kids and thinking how old they were. So I suddenly felt really grown up and old. I know that sounds weird and I know that I'm not really old persay, but it hit me that I was a foreign college student traveling and I probably seemed somewhat interesting to him. It was random experience, but one worth mentioning.

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.
A tudor villa- just like many others along the cliff.
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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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The island from the ferry stop.
The island from the ferry stop.
A typical town we walked through.
A typical town we walked through.
The beach!
The beach!
Ahhh....
Ahhh....
A tudor villa- just like many othe…
A tudor villa- just like many oth…
The necessary shot.
The necessary shot.
The cliffs that we walked along th…
The cliffs that we walked along t…
Isle Of Wight
photo by: Vikram