Kathy Barter, from East Cowes, joined four members of Creekside WI: Wendy, Elizabeth, Mary and Rio, at Brannon Way car park. Wendy then drove us to Seaview to join members from other WI’s around the island for the annual communal ramble or amble, led by members of Seaview WI. Mary and Kathy went on the amble. Wendy, Elizabeth and Rio did the ramble, led by Christine and back marked by Beth. There were 14 on the coastal ramble that had to fit in with the tide times.
From Seaview car park, Christine led us down Pier Road and on to the beach. We paused for a photo shoot before making our way along the beach to Seagrove Bay. We then skirted the rocky Horestone Point to Priory Bay beach. The remains of a fallen tree provided a backdrop for another photo shoot. On the beach, we observed some horse riders from the riding school at Nodes Point. There was also a lady with two dogs enjoying a paddle. Engaged in her nature diary, Rio observed cockle, limpet and barnacle shells.
Once around Nodes Point, we had a break by the remains of St Nicholas Church. Christine had walked the route out and found that the Coastal Footpath was very overgrown between Duver Road and the fields so permission was obtained to walk up through the holiday park. We then joined the Coastal Footpath, passing the entrance to Priory Bay Hotel, the telecommunications mast that is disguised as a tree, the cork oak tree near Seagrove Bay and some modern architecture. We got back to Seaview a bit early so Christine took us on a loop down to the Old Fort, along by the sailing club and back up to St Peter’s Church hall.
A team of volunteers from Seaview WI had put together a very good spread. There was a choice of cheese or pate ploughmans that could be topped up with various extras from bowls on the table: coleslaw, onion, peppers, cherry tomatoes to name but a few. We then enjoyed two helpings from a choice of various sweets and this was followed by tea or coffee. It was then time for the raffle draw before we all departed.
Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit