staying near ventnor this weekend
There’s a big garlic farm. Do you like garlic?
Blackgang Chine, if it’s not fallen into the ocean
Never been. Have fun!
not for me, clive.
OK so I just spent 5 minutes looking at a map to remember this so you basically have to do it.
Get yersel an OS map and get a lift/taxi to Brightstone. From there there is a really nice walk that goes all the way to Newport. At one point you can see the sea in 3 (maybe 4?) directions. On the approach to Newport you can go through Carisbrook Castle and have a look around. There’s a lovely tiny real ale pub in Newport that nikkers will probably know the name of. Get a scotch egg and a pint and then bus back to Ventnor. Takes all day.
think it’s called The Ale House or something
Let me just pop to the loo and that before I write the biggest post of all time.
Ventnor to Shanklin cliff walk is worth doing:
Plus Blackgang Chine natch. Plus, and call me old fashioned, I also like the donkey sanctuary…
That place where you can buy glass things and fill them with coloured sand
Pile 'o shite
…20 mins later:
either she had a very full bladder or the boards are about to be destroyed by the sheer weight of words
Could have needed a massive poo tbh tbf…
THERE ARE TOMATOES GROWN THERE!!!
Everything on the IoW is a bit of a faff without a car. Buses are expensive and infrequent and taxis are shit. So bear that in mind if you wanna go anywhere other than walking distance from where you’re staying and you don’t have a car. THAT SAID:
The best are on the south-west coast imho. Really empty wild shit going on here: Brook and Compton are the best. Anything on the east side of the island is super tourist centric with arcades and promenades and that (apart from Luccombe Bay which is near Lake, proper lovely there but you have to basically climb down some rocks to get there). Steephill Cove near Ventnor is nice, you can get crab sandwiches and that there.
So fucking many to mention. Most will do you really good food as well. My favourite is the Pointers in Newchurch. Goddards, Yates and Isle of Wight Brewery all brew local beers. You can also go to Godshill Cider Barn in Godshill (tourist hell but it’s very pretty, had good pubs and a model village) for local cider with rude names. You can get a good afternoon tea in Godshill too. Other favourite pubs: The Star Inn, Wroxall (really good veggie options); The Sun Inn, Hulverstone (don’t confuse this with the one in Calbourne); The New Inn, Shalfleet (good seafood); The Red Lion, Arreton.
Tennyson Down, obv. You can probably use Google for walks innit. 'm not really a walking person tbh.
Nomad. Think they’re either in Newport or Cowes. Delightful stuff. Also really rate The Garlic Farm. This is a good website for restuarant reviews: https://mattandcat.co.uk/
West Wight Alpacas. Blackgang Chine. Crazy golf on one of the beaches on the east side of the island. Quite like Ventnor Botanical Gardens tbh, it’s free I think.
Some great things: