A Frolic by the Seaside from Lake to Ryde (Isle of Wight) T=swc.71
Length: 13 miles or 21 km for those more metrically minded (various options exist to shorten the walk by catching a bus or train for parts of the route – see walk instructions for details)
Difficulty: 5 out of 10
Train: Take the 9:00 AM
South Western Portsmouth Harbour train from London Waterloo
arriving in Portsmouth Harbour at 10:34 to connect with the ferry to Ryde at 10:40 to further connect with the Island Line train at 11:07 to arrive in Lake at 11:27. Return ferries from Ryde Pier are at 18:10 (connecting with 18:45 train); 18:47 (connecting with 19:15 train); 19:47 (connecting with 20:15 train); 20:47 (connecting with 21:15 train). Buy a day return to Lake which includes the ferry crossing.
This is a varied coastal walk along the north eastern portion of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path
. It includes everything you would expect for a day by the seaside: cliff tops, a quiet harbor and little seaside villages with good opportunities to swim along the way (including Sandown Bay at the start). More information and the walk instructions can be found here
For the swimmers of the group, the suggested lunch stop is the Culver Haven Inn
(01983 406 107) (about 3.5 miles/5.25 km into the walk) perched atop Culver Down with panoramic views. Non-swimmers may wish to carry on to the Crab & Lobster Inn
(01983 872 244) a further 2 miles/3 km along the coast at a fine coastal location overlooking Bembridge Ledge. Toward the end of the walk there are loads of pubs and cafes on the approach to Ryde…..See walk instructions for more details….
Enjoy the walk and the swims!