Afternoon tea at the Hambrough, Ventnor.

The Grey Traveller award for the best afternoon tea goes to The Hambrough in the lovely Victorian seaside town of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. The chilled glass of bubbly set the tone for a classy experience in the window seat looking out over Ventnor’s seafront. What could be better? The tea was served and crafted by Joanne […]

Knitted decor in Seaview

Never one to miss an opportunity to photograph something unusual or quirky or indeed street art I give you Seaview’s knitted decorations currently posing on the sea wall railings. They tick the list for street art, unusual in as much as I haven’t seen anything like this anywhere (have you?) and definitely quirky! If you are […]

Hovercraft trip from Southsea to Ryde

It takes just ten minutes to cross the Solent from the mainland to Ryde, Isle of Wight. It’s a seamless, efficient, comfortable and fast service to enjoy some island hopping. Tickets can be purchased online or on the day if available. Travellers are checked in and ushered to a comfortable waiting area with views of the Solent […]

Ryde to Seagrove Bay walk -photoblog

Great coastal path walk from bustling Ryde to the more genteel neck of the woods which is Seaview and Seagrove Bay. Most of the time we were in sight of the Solent, the forts and Spinnaker Tower although the path takes you inland momentarily where the coast is unsafe to scramble along. Arriving on the […]

Classy (West) Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

  Say Cowes and immediately you conjure up a nautical picture, Cowes Week in August and yachts with billowing white sails. You don’t have to be a yachty to enjoy Cowes as I found out when I took a short break there at the end of our glorious summer. Did I say glorious, summer and […]