I’m a huge fan of the coastal Hampshire town of Lymington and the coastal town of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, and of the ferry linking the two!

On a glorious spring day it took me four hours to get to Yarmouth (walk, train, train, train, ferry from Lymington). After spending just over four hours walking the coastal path to The Needles and around this wonderful location, I returned to the ferry port at Yarmouth on a windswept, open-top bus (watch your head on those overhanging trees!). Another four-plus hours to get back home, but what a glorious day, including much quality reading-time on the trains.

The first third of this coastal walk is barely coastal since it veers inland, through and around holiday-home estates, but after that it’s a pleasurable walk. It seemed to be mainly uphill all the way to the Needles!

As is becoming the norm, my blog images are big, and bigger still if you click on them. I’m still over-editing them so that some look more like paintings than photographs. Perhaps I want to be a painter but don’t have the necessary skills! Note that ghostly images 2 and 3 are of the wonderful Hurst Castle (www.hurstcastle.co.uk) – another great place to visit from Lymington.


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