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A night on the Isle of Wight

September 30, 2018
The Needles Isle of Wight

Leave London early on a Saturday and within three hours you can be on the Isle of Wight, feeling like you’ve travelled back in time. The hotels are rustic, there is no mobile reception on much of the island and I wouldn’t try to order a coconut flat white in the local caf (although they do do a very good flapjack).

The Isle of Wight is known for its own eco-climate and locals claim it to be the sunniest place in the UK. Unfortunately, it chose the weekend we visited to piss non-stop with rain.

The top deck of a ferry in glorious sunshine can be a rather jolly experience for the short-crossing over-looking Hurst Castle, but dare to venture downstairs and it is a much more depressing affair. Brace yourself for stained carpets with some hallucinogenic pattern, betting machines beeping non-stop and a chaotic school trip. We quickly decided to brave the rain. At least I’m easy to spot if I fall overboard in my florescent pink biking jacket that I last minute panic packed.

On arrival in Yarmouth we were too early to check-in at The George (review here), so decided to follow the British motto of “keep calm and do as planned despite the weather”. Luckily for us, Falmouth’s solution to Amazon was a little shop called Harvey’s which sold everything from waterproofs, hats and gloves to sailing gear, pottery and tea towels. We loaded up on flapjacks and set off to find the Needles.

As we stepped out the car the rain got heavier but Jonny was adamant he saw blue sky on the horizon. At each landmark, we debated if to turn back but could see people ahead so pressed on. Two hours in and I have never been so cold or wet. There is a puddle in my shoe which squelches with every step. My jeans are soaked and clinging so tightly to me I feel like Ross in friends with his wet leather pants. No part of me is dry and I can only see a few feet in front. With less than twenty minutes to the needles and unable to take it anymore we turn back. Trying to take a shortcut we end up in a car park still 2 miles from our car. And finally, we get a bit of luck, three friendly coppers offer us a lift.

Isle of Wight

We arrive back at our hotel, The George (review here) for a long-anticipated bubble bath, only to find out we have a shower. Still, a steaming shower, followed by steaming tea in fluffy white robes and we start for feel half human again.

The George, Yarmouth

That evening we head off to The Hut for supper. A chilled and trendy restaurant with white wooden tables and normally open-air decking that overlooks the sea and sunset. It is the place to eat on the island. Crab and avocado, swordfish and coffee parfait. It is all delicious. Wash it down with the local mermaid island gin which I am hoping will help me grow long Ariel hair.

By lunchtime the next day, the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds and we decide to brave another attempt at finding the Needles. This time we make it there. The sun shines down on us, our bones begin to thaw from the day before and we gaze down at the white sparkling needles coming out from the sea and the multicoloured sand of Alum Bay. It is definitely worth the walk.

On our ferry back, the sunsets over the Needles and on our time in the Isle of Wight. Our skin tingles from being the fresh air and we refreshed to head back the London smoke, already planning our return trip.

Isle of Wight Sunset

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  • Reply Papa Jack September 30, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Looks like a great travel you have here. I am sure you are enjoying this travel specially with the ones you love. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Doolittle Days October 1, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks Papa Jack!

  • Reply Nicole Anderson September 30, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    I have never been to the Isle of Wight but like you, I have also heard lovely things about it. Such terrible bad luck on the weather front for your first day but at least the second day made up for it somewhat. Love the photos you took. It really looks like such a lovely place to visit (weather permitting).

    • Reply Doolittle Days October 1, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      I would defiantly recommend – but maybe in summer rather than end of September!

  • Reply Deserted_Queen October 1, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Your pictures, description and everything is so amazing and detailed. I would love to check it out.

    • Reply Doolittle Days October 1, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks Deserted Queen

  • Reply Claire Justine October 1, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    You photos make me want to go, right now 🙂 Looks like you both had a lovely time.

  • Reply Melissa Bradbury October 1, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I have never been to the Isle of wight and would love to go. Looks like you had a great time despite some bad weather!

    • Reply Doolittle Days October 1, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      I’d definitely recommend if you get the chance, even if the British weather is unpredictable!

  • Reply bye:myself October 1, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    This is so funny – only last month I did a small series on places of my early travels – and the Isle of Wight was one of them. Learning English, being on a trip by myself for the first time…very exciting – actually more exciting than relaxing. I bet today – and following your tips – it would be the opposite. Aaah, I’m getting all sentimental.

    • Reply Doolittle Days October 2, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Ahh you should definitely go back! What a coincidence 🙂

  • Reply peppermintdolly October 1, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Gorgeous photos, looks like you had a fantastic time!!

    Rebecca |

    • Reply Doolittle Days October 2, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Thanks Rebecca!

  • Reply fashionandstylepolice October 3, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Lovely photo. I can imagine how amazing the experience was. It would be nice to visit.

  • Reply GeorgieMoon November 20, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    I live on the Isle of Wight and I love to come across other posts about our lovely island. I’m sorry the weather wasn’t so good for you to start with, and I can’t believe you found three policemen, most people think they don’t exist here! Your photos are great. I hope you will visit again soon.

    • Reply Doolittle Days November 21, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks Georgie! I am rather jealous of you living on the Isle of Wight – I read somewhere it has more sunshine hours than anywhere else in the UK! Definitely planning a return visit next year.

  • Reply Janet Lang November 27, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Lovely photos and descriptions. My Mum moved off the Island last year after 32 years in Bembridge. Lots of happy memories, favourite haunts and usually the most gorgeous weather. It has a micro climate and you were unlucky on your first day. We’ve even had warm sunshine on Xmas Day!
    Love your blog! Jan xx

    • Reply Doolittle Days November 27, 2018 at 9:10 am

      Thank you Jan! Lovely to hear from you too 🙂

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