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Published: September 9th 2021
Packed up and off at a leisurely pace as our ferry to the Isle of Wight was not until 1pm and only 30 minutes needed to get down to the ferry terminal in Portsmouth.
Even so we arrived far too early but not a problem, we found ourselves on the earlier ferry and arrived in Fishbourne just before we should have left. The road to the campsite was not easy and certainly not designed for any vehicle of size. One part was so narrow that the poor van was squashed against the overgrown hedges on both sides. The man at the campsite said that we did use the best approach road ! Thank goodness we didn't meet anything as that is always a worry when you are driving with a car as trailer which cannot be reversed.
Campsite is the Camping and Caravanning site at Adgestone, nearest town Sandown. It's a big site but they've closed half now ready for end of season and the pool has been closed for over a week. Had been vaguely hopeful of a swim but saw that campsite blurb said it was only open to first week of September. This is England after
all, not the south of France and in fact we've been to many French campsites which have closed their pools right at the beginning of the month even during a heatwave so not complaining.
The mini heatwave we've enjoyed since we left home finished yesterday evening with a bit of rain and a thundery rumble but the promised downpours didn't.. certainly not on us anyway. More a bit of spit in the wind. In fact by lunchtime the grey cloud had been burned away and it was a rather lovely blue sky day. May be a bit more spit overnight but after that I think we are set fair for the rest of our 5 day stay on IOW,
I've been here before. When i was about 12 and camping with the Guides somewhere in the New Forest, we came across on the ferry for the day. That's all I remember so all is new to me on this trip and Bob too who didn't come as either a guide or a scout.
We went off for a wander in Smart Arse down to Sandown and hit the school run traffic which was undesirable to put it
mildly. Had a wander along the rather lovely but pretty deserted sandy beach at Sandown and then moved further down the coast to Shanklin. More traffic here as we seem to have chosen a busy time. Hopefully not as busy on the roads all the time.
Shanklin old town is characterised by some pretty thatched buildings. After an icecream (no vanilla for Bob Again.. must be a shortage as that's the third time) we went down a steep little hill to the Shanklin Kline. Didn't know what it was and we paid £5+ each to find out. The IOW oldest tourist attraction, A ravine which goes down to the sea. Lit up rather tweely with coloured lights here or there, a waterfall and a lot of ferns. We were told there were often red squirrel but if they were there they were hiding.
A pleasant walk down to overlook the sea but the gate at the bottom was an exit only and we didn't know how far round it was to go back along the beach so returned up the path through the ravine the way we came. Last bit was a challenge for anyone with a replaced
knee and hip and / or on blood thinners. Steps and steep and an upward hill. I observed there was a defibrillator at the top of the hill and think it was probably well positioned !
Back to the campsite for dinner and we found a route back which only had a short very narrow stretch on it though there was a series of speed bumps which would challenge the best car suspension and made Smart Arse squeal. Now planning our other days and they will include a steam train ride.
Tot: 0.129s; Tpl: 0.018s; cc: 28; qc: 157; dbt: 0.0263s; 1; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.7mb