After an early start for a Rosemary event at Emsworth it was back to Petersfield station, the train to Portsmouth Harbour, the ferry to Ryde Pier and the walk down the pier to the esplanade. This journey we will come to know very well as it will be the start of each leg. Ryde Pier is the second longest pier in Britain with a claim that it is nearly half a mile long (we don’t agree!)
We knew that today’s walk could not be described as coastal despite all the signposts saying Coastal Path as we went through leafy lanes with fabulous houses, housing estates, gipsy (can we use that word?) camps with a fierce dog and along busy roads, which at least had pavements. We found a bench for our first lunch stop, twenty years ago there would have been a great view but the trees had grown. Perhaps we should have stood on the bench!
Quarr Abbey looked interesting and worth a visit sometime, probably more of interest to us than Osborne House aka Tesco!!
If you think this is a rubbish view at ‘lunch stop one’, you should have seen the setting of ‘lunch stop two’!
Osborne House ... or is it Tesco’s
Back at Ryde Pier, a quick stop in the excellent loo (now there’s a surprise) and emerged to find that Liz was looking after a rabbit, as you do, whilst its owner found a coffee. After various jokes about magicians, that is exactly what the owner turned out to be!! He was very anxious to show a member of staff a trick, sadly not with the rabbit, but a card trick. You couldn’t make this up!!
And on the subject of supermarkets, there was surprisingly a big Waitrose at East Cowes, surprising because it seemed to be a very poor and run down place unlike its neighbour West Cowes from where we started the next leg.