Well, as Sunday was such a glorious day, Luke the crazy dog persuaded even me to get my walking boots on and go for a walk. After much discussion, we decided that we would walk from the Folly Inn at Whippingham and head along the eastern shore of the River Medina.
We parked up and headed off south towards Island Harbour, a tidal harbour which is extremely sheltered and popular. The other good thing is that it has an excellent restaurant/pub there where you can sit outside with the dogs. It’s called The Breeze. Surprisingly, I didn’t need to stop and we continued walking past the very sad looking Ryde Queen, which you can see in the photos.
The Ryde Queen was one of the last paddle steamers that used to ferry people backwards and forwards across the Solent to the Island. In later life and why it is at Island harbour, it was a nightclub – a little whacky inside, but great fun.
The path that heads past the Isle of Wight Festival Ground and the Seaclose Park is extremely good and firm underfoot, having had an all-weather surface put down. We wandered slowly along the path with mature oaks shading our path as Luke was running backwards and forwards like a rocket. All the time we had a lovely view of the river as the tide slowly came in.
Across little bridges that span the tiny inlets from the river and chatting to people as we casually walked along. It really was a fabulous walk and one that we really recommend.
Once you get to the end, where the river seems to disappear, you will be at Newport Quay and you can call in for a fantastic meal or just even a drink.
When we turned round to come back, we knew what we were in for by way of scenery and wildlife and even for a couch potato like myself, it really was a super walk and one that we will do again.
To find out more about walks on the Isle of Wight CLICK HERE