Richard Hayward

Richard Hayward Deceased

Guidebook Information
Coast to Coast Walk



Isle of Wight Coast Path Guide
England in Miniature





Easy walk around the entire island, famous for dinosaur bones and white cliffs, thatched villages and special pubs.  Visit Queen Victoria's Osborne House, Tennyson's Farringford House, and Carisbrooke Castle.  B&B list, pub notes, maps, etc.
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Guidebook Excerpt:

Shanklin to Bembridge via Brading (6 or 8 miles). Bembridge was a sleepy fishing village when Brading was the main harbor. But it has prospered quietly since the end of the 19th century, when the Victorians discovered its possibilities as a resort. Today it has two yacht clubs (more about these later), a famous prep school which houses a major collection of works by Victorian artist and social critic John Ruskin (ring 872101 to visit), a working lifeboat station, a Maritime Heritage Museum (known affectionately as the Shipwreck Centre), and the Crab and Lobster pub (famous for its seafood).

The Maritime Museum has exhibits on local history, a tiny mummified "merman," and videos of lifeboat crews and divers at work. It also contains the personal maritime discoveries of proprietor, Martin Woodward -- a collection informed by a mariner's knowledge and an explorer's spirit of adventure. If you love boats and the sea, the Maritime Museum will not disappoint. Just down the hill from the museum is my favorite pub in Bembridge -- the Row Barge and its little brother, the Pilot Boat. (By "favorite," I refer to friendliness, lack of pretense, variety of menu, and good value.)

The Row Barge and Pilot Boat also provide the most convenient rendezvous point with anyone who took the direct coastal route from Sandown to Bembridge.
Also recommended:

Landranger Map #196 (Isle of Wight) 

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