A photographic trip today to England’s delightful off-shore Isle of Wight, set, at its shortest distance, just 3 miles off the southern coast in the English Channel. In size, the island is approximately 25 by 13 miles, and had a population in 2010 of 140,500. The photographs below were taken by me some while ago – during the lovely summer of 2003.
The island is known particularly for its beaches and seafront promenades such as those at Ryde, Shanklin, Sandown and south-facing Ventnor. Dinosaur remains and fossils have been found in several areas. At the island’s westernmost point, The Needles are 3 huge, white chalk rocks, with a nearby 19th-century lighthouse positioned to warn approaching shipping.
Alum Bay … The cliff chair lift sets off for the beach
. . . approaching the cliff top
. . . descending to the beach
. . . where it ends on a jetty extending into the sea.
The Needles from the cliffs above Alum Bay
A closer view of The Needles and the Lighthouse
The Beach and Battery Inn at Seaview on the island’s East Coast
Outside the Battery Inn
Seafront chalets at Puckpool near Ryde
The axeman earns his keep at the Waxworks at Brading – now, I believe, closed.
Queen Victoria’s holiday escape – Osborne House on the island’s east coast.
View from Osborne House eastwards to the Solent
On the south-facing beach at Ventnor
Blackgang Chine – an area subject to frequent coastal erosion.