On Sunday 18th September, Bob lead a lovely walk on the Isle of Wight. Just five of us altogether. We took the train to Shanklin and then walked to Newchurch at one stage going through ‘Brett’s Meadow’. We had our mid morning coffee break sitting on the board walk in Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve. We headed along the Bembridge Trail, circling around Knighton. After lunch we visited the Mersley Down Garlic Farm where I think everyone took advantage of the shop and bought lovely fresh Garlic. I bought some oak smoked garlic.
Not long after leaving there, we saw a number of buzzards circulating very close over head – magnificent. Before long we could see the Sea Mark on Ashley Down. In the distance it looked just like a trig point, but as we approached it, it loomed very large above us.
Our destination was Brading from where we caught the train back to Ryde. But first we paid a visit to the Brading Roman Villa. It was too late in the day to view the mosaics, but looks worth a return visit sometime. However, it was not too late to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in their tea shop.
Being the Isle of Wight, once we were back to Ryde, we headed for Long Johns for our fish supper and as usual we were not disappointed. And last but not least we were able to enjoy a Mingella ice cream as we walked down the pier to catch the Portsmouth Ferry.