Ramble – 19 September 2018

Five Creekside members travelled over to the bottom of Rew Street in Gurnard. Originally, Coastal Footpath CS16 followed the clifftop from the junction of Rew Street and Marsh Road but due to a landslip a few years ago, this section of the path was closed. However, a kindly landowner had agreed for a permissive path to cross a field from a bit further up Rew Street and join the Coastal Footpath a little further along. We followed this permissive path, joined the Coastal Footpath and started to make our way towards Thorness Bay. En route, we noticed there were the odd section that was getting close to the edge and further landslips may take the path in the near future. We also observed foliage and berries along the way: haws, sloes and we couldn’t resist picking and eating some of the blackberries.

Wendy recalled some old railway carriages that had been converted into residential properties and was asking Rio if she knew where they were. Rio said that they were further along, closer to Thorness and to the north of Sticelett Farm. Wendy thought that there were others before those but Rio didn’t know about these as she doesn’t walk this path very often. We did come to the converted carriages near Thorness and we admired their gardens as well as the décor of the carriages themselves.

Wendy wanted to find a particular flower, galega, so we scouted around a bit for this. We did find it and after doing so, we made our way over stiles and across a couple of fields up to Sticelett Farm on footpath CB1. To Rio’s relief, the cattle were elsewhere and we paused to admire the view at the top of the upper field, before the path went between hedgerows. We crossed over the track that goes into Sticelett Farm, continued on ahead to the top end of Rew Street on footpath CS3.

From the Hillis Corner end of Rew Street, we made our way along the lane back to the cars at the Gurnard end. En route, Rio paused to look at the roadside pond about halfway along. A bit further along, a wood carving of an owl was observed in a garden. Rio later plotted the route on Tracklogs and found it to be 3.6 miles.

Wendy, Elizabeth, Mary and Margaret had lunch at Wootton Methodist Church hall afterwards. Rio went home.

July’s ramble

Mary had requested that the walk be postponed until the fourth Wednesday. It was therefore arranged that we’d meet in the usual place on 25 July. However, the walk was cancelled due to the excessive heat.

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20th June Ramble

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.

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Ramble – 16th May

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Five of us made our way over to the Old Smithy car park at Godshill. Before setting off, we were deciding whether to have lunch at the Old Smithy cafe or The Griffin. We popped into the Old Smithy to look at their menu. We decided that we preferred The Griffin. Because Wednesday is a carvery day at The Griffin, it’s prone to getting very busy so we booked our table before doing the walk.

We walked up to Beech Wood from behind The Griffin. Here, we admired the bluebells and Pam took our photo:

We paused to look at the animals on the south side of Godshill Park Farm before plodding up GL44 to Freemantle Gate, formerly an entrance to the Appuldurcombe Estate. Pam took another photo, ‘Why are Creekside WI members behind bars – what have they been up to?’

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April Ramble

Ramble – 18 April 2018

The ramble started from Brannon Way car park in Wootton. Six of us made our way down Wootton High Street, across the bridge overlooking the creek, and then up Kite Hill to Ashlake Copse, where we turned off on the left. We followed the footpath through the copse to Fishbourne Lane. Marlene wasn’t on the walk but it was her birthday the next day so there was a pause to deliver a card to her. We then continued on the coastal footpath to Quarr.

At Quarr, we admired the pigs and it was remarked upon that there were no piglets at the moment. In the next enclosure, a randy boar must have overheard what had been said and thought he’d better get on and make some more!! We then made our way through the Abbey’s grounds to their cafe. Wendy, Margaret, Esme and Mary stopped for refreshments and the weather was decent enough for them to sit outside. During this time, Elizabeth and Rio went to the squirrel hide, situated in a woodland area. Although no squirrels were seen on this occasion, pleasant and tranquil birdsong was enjoyed before they made their way back to rejoin the others.

The group rejoined the coastal footpath and followed it as far as Binstead Church. Here, the group started to disband with Margaret, Elizabeth and Rio making their way to The Fleming Arms for lunch. Wendy, Mary and Esme continued walking. Rio found out at Out To Lunch that Wendy and Mary continued as far as the footpath that crosses Ryde Golf Course to Brookfield Gardens. Esme continued further still, presumedly to Ryde as she lives there.

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Ramble March 2018

The ramble had been postponed until the fourth Wednesday of the month and had been planned for a meander around Firestone Copse to look at the daffodils and then go to Wootton Methodist Church hall for lunch.  Wendy had enquired as to numbers for the lunch to book our places.

On the day, the weather was inclement and Wendy cancelled the ramble.  However, the four members that had booked for lunch met at the church hall for 1230.  Mary was unable to attend after all so Wendy’s husband, Ron, filled her place.  Ron, Wendy and Rio had roast beef.  Elizabeth had a veggie burger. There were a choice of puddings but we all picked pear and blueberry crumble.  We then had tea or coffee.

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Ramble February 2018

Unsure whether or not Wendy would be well enough to attend, Rio had planned a route in advance. It had already been agreed on January’s ramble that February’s route would be from Newchurch in order to view the snowdrops in the churchyard at the end. Wendy had recovered and was happy for Rio to lead her route.

From the car park, we made our way across fields, including climbing over a couple of stiles, to Palmers Lane. We then went along Hill Top to Hill Farm and then towards Alverstone. We descended bridleway NC42 that some of the gardens in Alverstone Garden Village back on to. We crossed the bridge over the East Yar River and continued along Alverstone Road before turning left along a footpath that goes to the rear of Alverstone Mill. We posed on the footbridge for a photo shoot. A little further along that path, we were entertained by a red squirrel scuppering about in a tree. We passed through a copse before emerging into and passing through the young woodland belonging to the owner of the Garlic Farm. We followed the path up to the rear of All Saints Churchyard, where we entered to admire the snowdrops. There were also some daffodils and crocuses to enjoy.

After the walk of 2 and a half miles, we went to the cafe at Thompsons Garden Centre for lunch.

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Ramble January 2018

Wendy was unwell so Mary had asked Rio to lead a walk. Mary drove the 4 of us to Carisbrooke Priory car park. We ascended the 35 steps to Mount Joy from Whitcombe Road. There were views across the cemetery and beyond to Parkhurst Forest. We then descended to Nunnery Lane, where there was a pause by a farm gate. Rio put her high vis on ready for lane walking. The others made friends with a sheep, stroking her head, through the bars of the gate. We made our way along Nunnery Lane, with another pause at New Close Farm to admire their pond through the hedge. We continued down to Watergate Farm and saw early snowdrops in bloom. From there, we followed the neighbouring bridleway up through Marvel Copse. From the field on the other side of the copse, we enjoyed the views, including one of Great Whitcombe Manor. We continued on the bridleway, descending to Sandy Lane at Whitecroft. There was a bit more road walking: along Sandy Lane to Cox’s Corner and then along Whitcombe Road for a short distance before ascending another bridleway up to the Shepherd’s Trail. This bridleway became quite steep near the top so we all had a pause to get our breaths back. We then followed the Shepherd’s Trail to Whitcombe Cross and returned to the cars. The walk was 3¼ miles long and quite wet/muddy in places – well, it is January!!

Lunch followed at The Eight Bells. We attempted Carisbrooke Priory and The Waverley. The Waverley’s car park was chock-a-block. We just couldn’t get the car in, so The Eight Bells it was.

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Ramble November 2017

Report by Rio Bellgore-GullitThe ramble started from a small car park off of Lynch Lane, in the Gotten Leaze area of Calbourne. Four of us made our way up a bridleway that, after a short distance, went to the right into a field of sheep. We ignored this turning and continued on what was now a Forestry Commission path. This path is used by Forestry Commission vehicles and became quite muddy as a result. We, therefore, climbed up through the colourful autumnal trees on our left and then meandered between these trees of Brighstone Forest up on to Newbarn Down. We eventually came down and joined a path but we were unsure if this was our original path or a different one. We followed this long and winding path up until we reached a multiple junction. Rio recognised the bridleway on the right as being the bridleway that descends to that field of sheep and could see the sheep in the field ahead. The time was getting on and we all fancied a change of scenery, as well as getting hungry for our lunch. We followed this bridleway down through the forest and on through the field of sheep. There were quite a number of black sheep in with the white, about half and half at a guess. We commented that is was unusual to see so many. We’d walked about 2¼ miles and back at the car, Wendy drove us back up Lynch Lane to The Sun Inn, where we all enjoyed our lunch.

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Ramble October 2017

Four members made their way to Totland by bus, sitting upstairs to enjoy the views.  We got off at Christ Church at the top of Church Hill and went to look inside the church.  There was a group of people in there singing so instead, we just peered through the window of the door.  On coming outside, a wasp nest was spotted in the church garden.

We then proceeded along York Lane a short way before turning off down footpath T14 to Cliff Road.  We then descended the Coastal Footpath down to Widdick Chine.  Whilst following the Coastal Footpath along the sea wall to Colwell, we observed the colourful beach huts, anglers on the beach, the ruins of Totland Pier and where the footpath had been rebuilt over a landslip.  From the sea wall at Colwell, we ascended steps to Madeira Lane and admired people’s front gardens whilst making our way to the main road.  Unsure of where the bus stop was, Wendy asked a couple of people.  We then made our way to the bus shelter at Colwell Common.  We had walked 1¾ miles.

The weather had been very dull but fortunately, the rain had held off for most of the walk and just caught us at Colwell.  We got off the number 7 at Castlehold Baptist Church and made our way to the Weatherspoons pub, Man In The Moon for lunch.

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Rambling Group Report

Our ramble on 20th September started from New Barn Lane, Shorwell. Four of us made our way gradually up to Chillerton Down, where the mast is. The weather was overcast but dry and good views were admired. We then descended, passing some ancient burial barrows on our left. We then turned right along the ridge to the south of New Barn Farm, where we once again admired pleasant views extending as far as the white cliffs of Tennyson Down and West High Down. As we descended into Shorwell village, we paused to watch a flock of swallows flying around above us. We came out on to the road, almost opposite the village shop and post office, where we turned right to walk back up to Wendy’s car. Despite recent wet weather, the route had not been wet or muddy. Our ramble of 3 miles was followed by lunch at The Crown.
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