After that we were ready to begin walking, and what a great start to the walk through narrow winding streets and on to the prom where the weather was perfect, great houses on the left and masses of boats on the right.
A couple of miles were ticked off very quickly before we started to ascend to the cliff top where the views continued although we had to watch our feet as the path was quite rutted.
The path headed down to Thorness Bay and through Thorness Bay Holiday Village, a vast area.
And then our problems began! Heading out through a wooded path we started to encounter mud which was not too bad to start with until we reached a section which we concluded was impassable – a hippopotamus would have managed it, and would possible have enjoyed all the mosquitoes as well! Back into the holiday park to consult the map, and a passing walker who was either the village idiot, foreign or an escapee from Parkhurst. A couple of staff from the camp were more helpful and we set off on the roads which eventually linked up with our path.
However, much of this route was on roads, even the actual Coastal Path, with no pavements and a great deal of fast moving traffic so there was not a lot to be enjoyed at this stage until we reached the village of Porchfield where we found respite and ice creams at the Sportman’s Rest.
A team meeting concluded that with much of the remainder of today’s route on roads we would gracefully withdraw and get a taxi to Newport. This was an excellent decision and a good use of £12.
2. Cowes to Shalfleet
Train, ferry, No 9 bus from Ryde to Newport, No 1 from Newport to Cowes and what fantastic bus drivers there are on the IoW .. the No 1 has to enter the quay at Cowes under an arch with only mm’s to spare!