Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Up High on the Downs

I'm pleased to announce I am reintroducing my popular Up High on the Downs walk fortnightly on Fridays commencing on 6th April.

This walk will now begin from Stoats Farm Caravan & Camping, Weston Lane,Totland Bay.

7.5 miles
Uphills, downhills & level!

Meet at reception 09.30.
Allow 4.5 hours.
Bring a picnic

We walk up the road past the High Down Inn & make our way up onto West High Down & along to The famous Needles. There is a stunning viewpoint near the former rocket launching test site. Down below is Scratchells Bay, only accessible by boat.

In the distance we hope to see the chalk cliffs between Studland & Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck & Old Harry Rocks. The chalk ridge once connected the island to the mainland until the sea level rose about 7000 BC & the River Solent as it was then broke through the chalk ridge & the Island first became an island.

Next we see the coloured sands of Alum Bay. Nearby the first permanent wireless station was established by Marconi in 1897. He first exchanged messages with a tug in Alum Bay then with Bournemouth & Poole 40 miles away.

Then it's up to the impressive Tennyson's Monument. The Down here was renamed Tennyson Down in his memory. Queen Victoria was an admirer of his works. In 1884 she created him Baron of Aldworth in Sussex & Freshwater on the Isle of Wight.

From the monument we head down towards Freshwater Bay with more impressive views along the Back of the Wight.

Our final stretch takes us past Dimbola Lodge, the former home of the Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, the thatched church of St Agnes & behind the former home of the Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Adults - £5.00
Seniors 65 plus - £3.00
Children under 12 - £2.00

To book:
Phone 01983 761574
Mobile 07771 616540

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