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As I said in my previous post; It’s alright on the Isle of Wight I have to admit that when the time came to leave I felt really reluctant to go. But before departure I had to make the most of the 2 half and 1 full day I had left on the island after my job ended.

I purchased a 48 hour rover bus ticket for £15 which allowed me unlimited bus travel till Saturday morning. The very first thing I did after checking in at the B&B in Ryde was head over to the HoverCraft station and book a ride to the mainland. I have a ‘thing’ for first, last and only #thingstodo and without a doubt, after watching these amazing craft either arriving or leaving I simply had to take a trip, and what a trip it was.

HoverCraft on the Isle of Wight

HoverCraft on the Isle of Wight

I purchased a ‘Hover Experience’ ticket at £10 which allowed me to travel across to the mainland, stay on the craft and then travel back again to Ryde, all in the space of 30 minutes 🙂 It was fun. I managed to film one of the craft coming in to land just before I hopped onto the one that was heading out….they are fast, noisy and totally fascinating.

ride on the hovercraft on the isle of wight

The Hover Experience – from Ryde to Southsea Portsmouth and back…

Hovertravel is the world’s longest running commercial hovercraft service and is the only scheduled passenger hovercraft service in the Europe. Hovertravel offers the fastest way to cross the Solent between Southsea, Portsmouth and Ryde, Isle of Wight and for 50 years, the Hovercraft has been the fastest and most convenient way to cross the Solent.

Once the trip was over I spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Ryde more fully. There are a number of wonderful old buildings, some lovely churches and a fascinating array of street names with links to a nautical history.

explore ryde on the isle of wight

discovering Ryde

After that I managed to catch a glimpse of the sun going down behind the trees, and then totally on impulse I hopped on a bus to East Cowes. I had hoped to see the place in the light but by the time we got there it was already quite dark….so I boarded the ferry; Jenny Lee that crossed the River Medina to West Cowes and made the most of my half hour there to explore. I plan to go back again sometime and see it in daylight, but even though it was very dark I still managed to cover a fair bit of ground and got as far as the magnificent esplanade. Then the aroma of hot chips wafted through the air and before leaving I bought a packet for the trip home. I got some weird looks on the ferry crossing LOL.

a trip to cowes on the isle of wight

a quick trip to Cowes – east and west

The trip back to Ryde was uneventful and once back at the B&B I settled into bed and enjoyed the fact that I was no longer on duty.  Looking forward to tomorrow and the adventures that lay ahead…..a whistle-stop tour of the island, I had planned out my route to encompass as many places as possible with the limited time I had and taking into account that many of the routes only had one bus service an hour I think I did pretty good.

Day 2…..the whistle-stop tour

 

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