I have recently finished walking the English coast. This blog is meant as a help/guide for someone doing the same thing.I hope to complete all the posts within the next 6 months. Go to the archive of past months and years to access all previous posts. Composite, rather amateurish photos are on the early walks as I had not acquired a digital camera. Any corrections of errors/ additional facts gratefully received. Enjoy the coast!
Sunday, 25 August 2013
Walk 102 Isle of Wight - Alum Bay to Yarmouth
Isle of Wight- Alum Bay to Yarmouth
(Second leg of
English coastal walk – Broadstairs to Lands End)
Map: L/R 196
Distance: 6 miles or 11 km. approx.
Terrain: mainly footpaths
Access: Parking at both ends
Public transport: No 7 bus runs regularly between the two
From Alum Bay continue the walk across Headen Warren before
dropping down into Totland.
There were some strange sculptures in the rocks when I
walked along here. Bent iron poles with bits hanging from them stuck into the rocks Are they still there I wonder. The pier at Totland is used by Trinity
House for taking out pilot boats and guiding ships into The Solent.
Continue to Colwell Bay. After the path cuts inland there is
a building jutting out into the sea. This is Fort Albert built in 1856 as a
defence against the French. It was used in later years for the first torpedo
On the walk into Yarmouth the path passes through the Fort
Victoria Country Park. If there is time you may want to visit some of the
attractions here. They include an aquarium, an underwater archaeology centre, a
planetarium and a model railway.
After a little bit of road walking you enter Yarmouth. This
is an attractive town, situated at the mouth of the River Yar and the oldest
one on the island. It is listed in the Domesday Book and was the first town to
be granted a royal charter. The town cannot be enlarged from its present size
as it is surrounded by solid rock. Yarmouth Castle was built by Henry V111 in
response to the sacking of the town (twice) by the French. The 215 metre pier
dating from 1876 is unique in Britain as it is the only one remaining built
entirely of wood (apart from screws, nails etc.) It is a listed building. The
interestingly named Old Gaffer Festival takes place in Yarmouth every May or
June. A gaff is a specially rigged sailing boat and about 100 of these compete
in a three day festival.
Snaps show: The rock sculptures at Totland; Yarmouth Pier; part of Yarmouth town; Totland Pier; Fort Albert, Colwell Bay.