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PostSubject: Isle of Wight, Sandown and places to visit   Isle of Wight, Sandown and places to visit Icon_minitimeTue Apr 24, 2012 4:40 pm

Sandown the Isle of Wight, to give you an idea of the place I have put 3 holiday breaks together to make a review.

The Isle of Wight is accessed from Southampton's Red Funnel ferry service to Cowes, or Wightlink also run from Portsmouth to Ryde and Lymington to Yarmouth also there is a hovercraft service to Ryde.

To go across with a car for a duration of a week or more will cost over £100, two or three days it will be cheaper. However, a lot of hotels have special rates with the ferry companies, which allow them to absorb the whole cost of the trip in the price of their rooms.

On a lovely day, there is nothing better to see the view over Sandown Bay

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In the early 70's, this beach would have been packed with people sitting in deckchairs

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However, since then, the packages abroad came along and now less people make the journey to IOW for their fortnights holiday and the day's of beach trays with tea and cakes from Brown's boating lake are all in the past, only the pitch and putt courses remain. One new addition is the new Dinosaur centre built more recently, showing some of the finds dug from the IOW cliffs

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Now the beaches are almost deserted and the hotels in the town have suffered

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A lot of the bigger hotels now rely on coach parties to fill the rooms and some of the hotel decor remain in the 60's

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but a few like this hotel are making refurbishments

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For us, we have seen all of the island and on a wet day its really what can we do to keep occupied

One place to visit is Ventnor Botantical Gardens

get the right months and hugh displays of flowers are on show, it is free to get in, one just has to pay for the car park

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The Isle of Wight seem to have the right soil for growing hydrangeas

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One year we took the MIL

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a revisit a couple of years later and attendants are still puzzling what had happen to their pole scratch

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Carisbrooke Castle

steeped in history since the Romans times it was own by Richard de Redvers

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It saw off the French in 1377 under Richard the II

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Battlements were improved in readiness to see off the Spain Armada

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and Charles II was held there before his execution

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It later became the home of Princess Beatice daughter of Queen Victoria, who had Osbourne House built on the Isle of Wight

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The is a couple of deep wells dug in the castles grounds, one is a childs delight as every 30 minutes one of a team of 6 donkeys is led into the well house to work a treadmill to raise a bucket of water

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a demonstration is given of dropping a stone in to hear it plung into the water about 10 seconds later

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all the donkeys are well cared for and only used twice a day and then put out in the fields

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There is also another well near the ramparts, one can climb the ramparts I tried but got a soaking as it was a day of heavy rain

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There is also a Princess Beatrice garden

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some pics of some of the flowers

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but nothing sensational

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A return visit to Godshill

located in the centre of the Isle of wight, Godshill is a quaint village which is mainly behind its church

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However, at the front of the church there used to be a few tea rooms and it also had a model village

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But it has grown into a place with bric-a-brac shops, multi tea rooms selling cream teas and coach parties arriving by the hundred. This is the picture probably most photgraphed of Godshill

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Butterfly world seems to have grown up from what was originally a garden nursery. They have a large greenhouse in which you have to pay about £6 each to get in

a brown one Rolling Eyes

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The first year we were quite impressed, a green one  Rolling Eyes

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There was also tropical birds fluttering about

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with a few tropical flowers mixed in

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Outside the butterfly house, there were large displays of flowers

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another section was a made up  Japanese garden

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With a pond with hugh koi Carp, some were 40/ 50 lbs in weight

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If you were lucky one could see them being feed at certain times of the day

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another section had water jumping to music

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of course they had a shop and a big Nursery to buy most things

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I did buy a plant to take back but after putting it in the garden it died cry

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Donkey Sanctuary

another day of rain had us visiting a donkey sanctuary which was free but one could give donations and they had a book shop

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the donkeys were huddled together, and I didnt blame them

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Alum Bay

Many years ago we went to alum bay which has cliffs of coloured sands, in those days you could buy you own tube and fill it with different colours. A return visit was a miserable day and going down to the bottom of the cliffs was impossible

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most things were closed including the chairlift. Teas were expensive and a couple of hugh emporiums selling bric-a-brac tat had been built. We weren't impressed and the car park, I think was a fiver

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Walk to Shanklin

Sandown always had a lovely walk across the cliffs to the next resort called Shanklin. The walk started from a small lane off the main road

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In the early days Sandown had a piece of land near the pier which was a little rundown and had a couple of amusement arcades based there. Now there are blocks of residential flats

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The walk has also partly disappeared with the cliffs constantly eroding

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eventually the walk will disappear forever

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further along there is a small putting green, there was a large number of hotels but one by one they have been knocked down and houses have been build. All down to the falling demand of holidays on the island

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Large houses with hugh gardens with emaculate lawns which everyone peered over to look at are creeping nearer the cliff edge

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This area used to be a German beer keller with coloured lights and thigh slapping music

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two the thirds of the way down there is a small cafe

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but the cliff tops  beyond had completely fallen away and we had to go back on to the main road to get to Shanklin

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Then there is a choice routes at this point,  to either go down to the promenade or carry on up the cliffs, we opted for the latter

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quite an enjoyable walk, in the distance is the lift down the cliff, the only way down without a long walk to the beach

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above here are various hotels

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There is some places with a connection of the poet Keats along here as he spent some time in Shanklin

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Again some of these hotels that used to have people having their annual two weeks there are now relying on the coach parties of pensioners

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finally we stopped at the Shanklin Chime pub and listened to a Rolling Stones type group, whilst enjoying a well earned beer

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Then it was a stop at the famous Crab Inn in the Shanklin High st, but we felt it was a bit rundown inside

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and finally making our way back to Sandown, a very good evening

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Walk to Monument

Another walk is on the Culver downs and Cliffs

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a well worn path leading to the top of the cliffs

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the monument you can see in the distance

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some of the cliff edge is well eroded

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and it's a long way down

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at the top there are a couple of pubs, so we ordered lunch and beers at one

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It was ploughman's all round

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finally we reached the monument erected as a memorial to Charles Anderson Pelham 2nd Baron of Yarborough

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I have a lot more on the IOW which I might add later


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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Sandown and places to visit   Isle of Wight, Sandown and places to visit Icon_minitimeThu May 03, 2012 5:09 pm

It's a nice Island, I know it well since a lot of my family live there. I like the West Wight where it is less comercialised. Cowes is also worth a visit. It is also quite hilly in the middle and the views are great from the top of the downs. here is my other half getting pulled over by a Dalmation just outside Carisbrooke, the view is toward Southampton.

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Nice photos mate sorry its taken so long to comment I just missed it

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PostSubject: Re: Isle of Wight, Sandown and places to visit   Isle of Wight, Sandown and places to visit Icon_minitimeTue Apr 25, 2017 9:39 pm

It's 5 years old! lol! lol! lol!

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