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    Tennyson Down. Isle of Wight

    On the Island this weekend so got up early this morning and took the dog out while the sun was out and the light was good for a few photos.

    Parked up in Freshwater, walked up to the Tennyson memorial and then along to the battery above The Needles, then all the way back again. about 10 miles in all.































































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    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

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    Sorry...I was miles away:



    Only mention it because one of my first sexual experiences was behind that flying buttress you see on the left....

    Nice pics but wrong place....

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    Nice pics, Neo...Yer dog is tuckered out!...

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    Very nice Neo IOW was my childhood holiday destination.
    Your dog has more sense then most in Sussex always running over the edge of the cliff,just last week coastguard called out again to rescue one stuck on a cliff ledge.
    Dog owners with little or no control over their dogs should keep them on the lead.
    They can't resist chasing the seagulls and rabbits which i understand just stupid owners that haven't figured out the big drop off at the cliff edge.
    Fascists dress in black and go around telling people what to do, whereas priests... more drink!

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    Very nice pics. Those sheer drops look at bit worrying though...

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    What a delightfully little doggy!

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    He's a great companion on a walk and does what he's told, but more than once I've wondered if I might be returning alone... he's tenacious to a fault. This time I had to get him away from the cliff edge as I'm sure he thought the surf looked just fine for a swim, then he got halfway into a rabbit hole before I grabbed him. Luckily he was too knackered on the way back to push his luck.

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    Just to add, the Needles Battery was open from 11am to 3pm (I think) and there was a cafe in one of the buildings with a 1940's wartime theme. Nice cup of tea and slice o' cake

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    Nice read neo, can't send a green I'm all out of ammo

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    Did you buy any tubes of coloured sands, Neo? (Or is that a different island?)

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    Nice thread and great pictures. My UK family has all recently moved to the IOW and like it a lot. Like an England they grew up with before multiculturalism became the way of things on the mainland. As soon as the bridge to the island is built , I'll check it out on one of my home visits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Did you buy any tubes of coloured sands, Neo? (Or is that a different island?)
    I bought one of those when I was a 7 year old kid on holiday at a camp there called gurnard pines. I won the fancy dress competition as a guardsman. But what really sticks in my mind was the naughty eight year old girl who charged a bob for an open legged flash of her pussy. Seemed like pocket money well spent at the time but now I feel it was somehow wrong. Where was my own entrepenearial spirit ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Did you buy any tubes of coloured sands, Neo? (Or is that a different island?)
    The coloured sand comes from Alum Bay which you can see in this picture.
    You can actually park up there and walk up to the Needles which is a lot easier.


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    Thanks for posting Neo, great pics mate. I'd have been really worried about my dog leaning over the cliff edges like that!

    Never been there before but the woman I'm seeing has asked me to go to Bestival with her in September which is held there. If I go I might stretch the trip out to include a couple of days exploring the island beforehand. Anything you'd particularly recommend to see or do in a couple of days?

    As an aside my Mum went to the original IOW festival in 1970 where she saw Jimi Hendrix, the Who, The Doors etc etc - lucky, lucky fucker!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    But what really sticks in my mind was the naughty eight year old girl who charged a bob for an open legged flash of her pussy
    An enterprising young lass, indeed...Taking advantage of a younger Bangyai...Heh...

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    I have a glass jar somewhere with the different sands in. Quite pretty.

    Looks lovely, and a good walking place for those of us who don't like hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    the naughty eight year old girl who charged a bob for an open legged flash of her pussy.
    Bangyai.

    Did "the pussy" have sand in it?



    Quote Originally Posted by patsycat
    I have a glass jar somewhere with the different sands in. Quite pretty.

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    Nice pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by khmen View Post
    Never been there before but the woman I'm seeing has asked me to go to Bestival with her in September which is held there. If I go I might stretch the trip out to include a couple of days exploring the island beforehand. Anything you'd particularly recommend to see or do in a couple of days?
    The Island does get very busy in the summer especially when there's a festy going on so the centre and north of the island are best avoided.

    Sandown on the SE coast has the best beach, should be cool enough by then for a brave soul to take a dip. From the pier you can walk east along to Yaverland then up over the cliffs to the top of Culver Down on the eastern tip on the Island for some great views. Or you can walk west along the coastal promenade to Shanklin which is a pleasant and sheltered walk, along the far end of Shanklin seafront there are some good pub/restaurants with terraces.

    Ventnor on the southern tip is a quiet but quite pretty Victorian town with a small beach, the approaches to it and the hills above it offer some great views.

    Further west the more picturesque open spaces begin. There's a good pub in Chale called the Wight Mouse Inn and from there you walk to Chale Chine which is a natural cut through the cliffs down to the beach under the cliffs which is usually pretty deserted and is where many of the islands fossils are found.

    Then along the military road with some great scenery to Freshwater and the walk over Tennyson Down, even if you don't do the full hike to the Needles the walk up to the monument is pretty easy and the views are breathtaking, especially over to the mainland coast. You can avoid the main car park and find some residential side streets where you can park for free.

    Totland bay on the other side of the headland is a nice little spot that's secluded and off the tourist trail.
    There's a cafe or two and the calm water and fine sand are ideal for a swim.

    So many more places and the island is covered with footpaths and bridleways, if there's a hill you like the look of you can find a way up it, and like many rural locations taking the back roads leads to some beautiful places.

    A real gem is Carisbrooke Castle, most definitely worth taking a picnic of sorts and after walking the walls finding a nice spot to lay down in the grass and relax for an hour or two, weather permitting of course.


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    Don't forget the great train service,Island Line | Isle of Wight Trains | South West Trains
    Think we used to get a bus that went all round the island good for sightseeing,also on our holiday list was a visit to Osbourne House.
    We always stayed in Shanklin.
    Can't green Neo out of ammo virtual pint brought instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by khmen View Post
    Never been there before but the woman I'm seeing has asked me to go to Bestival with her in September which is held there. If I go I might stretch the trip out to include a couple of days exploring the island beforehand. Anything you'd particularly recommend to see or do in a couple of days?
    The Island does get very busy in the summer especially when there's a festy going on so the centre and north of the island are best avoided.

    Sandown on the SE coast has the best beach, should be cool enough by then for a brave soul to take a dip. From the pier you can walk east along to Yaverland then up over the cliffs to the top of Culver Down on the eastern tip on the Island for some great views. Or you can walk west along the coastal promenade to Shanklin which is a pleasant and sheltered walk, along the far end of Shanklin seafront there are some good pub/restaurants with terraces.

    Ventnor on the southern tip is a quiet but quite pretty Victorian town with a small beach, the approaches to it and the hills above it offer some great views.

    Further west the more picturesque open spaces begin. There's a good pub in Chale called the Wight Mouse Inn and from there you walk to Chale Chine which is a natural cut through the cliffs down to the beach under the cliffs which is usually pretty deserted and is where many of the islands fossils are found.

    Then along the military road with some great scenery to Freshwater and the walk over Tennyson Down, even if you don't do the full hike to the Needles the walk up to the monument is pretty easy and the views are breathtaking, especially over to the mainland coast. You can avoid the main car park and find some residential side streets where you can park for free.

    Totland bay on the other side of the headland is a nice little spot that's secluded and off the tourist trail.
    There's a cafe or two and the calm water and fine sand are ideal for a swim.

    So many more places and the island is covered with footpaths and bridleways, if there's a hill you like the look of you can find a way up it, and like many rural locations taking the back roads leads to some beautiful places.

    A real gem is Carisbrooke Castle, most definitely worth taking a picnic of sorts and after walking the walls finding a nice spot to lay down in the grass and relax for an hour or two, weather permitting of course.

    Nice one Neo, thanks for such an informative reply! I shall bear this thread in mind for future reference should I end up going.

    Can't green ya I'm afraid, but thanks a lot mate, much appreciated.

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    Great pics as ever Rob ,, I,ve nicked one of em ,, so mabe watch this space

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    Interesting Nige, I look forward to the result
    I took the pics with your GX-1... found a renewed passion for the photo and have more journeys with it planned for this year.

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    Quick blast with the old acrylics for ya mate





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    Yes that's brilliant.! I had a quick flick through the pics and thought it would probably be that one, some good perspectives going on in it.
    The cove there is Freshwater Bay. You got the lighting just right. Cheers Nige

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