Ups & Downs!
We meet outside the reception at West Bay Club, Hallets Chute, Yarmouth www.westbayclub.co.uk
at 09.30. Approx 5 hours. Bring a picnic.
First we head towards the Solent where our first fort sighting is Albert Fort & opposite on the mainland Hurst Castle built by Henry VIII. Both were constructed to keep the French out.
We follow the coastal path passing Colwell Bay & Totland Bay with an impressive view of the famous Needles in the distance.
Next we head up onto Headon Warren.Once the breeding ground for rabbits in the 15th century. They were bred for their fur & meat. From the top we have good views looking down onto the Solent. We also pass a couple of Bronze Age burial mounds dating back 3500 years.
We continue up onto Tennyson Down & to Tennyson's Monument. Named after the Poet Laureate who lived in Freshwater Bay & often enjoyed strolling up onto the Downs where he would find inspiration to write poetry.
As we descend to Freshwater Bay we hope to have a good view along the Back of the Wight as far as Blackgang. This stretch of coastline was notorious for shipwrecks & smuggling & reached its peak in the 18th century. Fort Redoubt guards the entrance to the bay.
Our final stretch takes us past Golden Hill Fort & the country park which was offically opend by Lord Mountbatten in 1970 when he was the Governor of the Island. This Grade One listed building has now been converted into luxury apartments.
Depending upon the high tides in Colwell Bay we may do the walk in reverse.
Adults - £5.00
Seniors 65 plus - £3.00
Children under 12 - £2.00
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