Sunday, 28 August 2011

Western Yar Stroll

Bank Holiday Weekend & the sun came out for our Western Yar Stroll.

We began by visiting the statue of a gribble! Fortunately not life size!! These creatures attack wooden piers therefore hard wood is used which takes longer for the gribble to attack, 40 years on average rather than 10-15 years. Yarmouth Pier is one of the oldest wooden piers in the UK still in use & a Grade II listed building.

The Western Yar estuary has been designated a Site of Scientific Interest & is also part of the Island's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Before the Island became an island in around 7000 BC the source of the Western Yar was located in the hills much further south which no longer exist.

The sailors were also out enjoying the wind & sunshine. In the background beside the river is Kings Manor Farm built in the early 18th century & mentioned in the Domesday Book. The present owner is the grandson of Harry Ferguson, one of the 20th century's most celebrated inventors & pioneers. He is most famous for his 'Little Grey Fergie' tractor.

1 comment:

  1. This was the second time that we have done this walk with Michele and thoroughly enjoyed it again. (Would have liked to have done another but had only limited time on the Island.) Michele's knowledge & anecdotes add so much to the enjoyment of the walk. And the lovely Wight weather was a bonus (especially after the previous time when we got soaked !)