Ramble – 16th May

Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit

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?’

We then walked down to Redhill Lane and we were supposed to take a footpath (GL43) from this lane back to Godshill Park Farm but what with chatting away and looking at the roadside flora, we missed the turning. This resulted in us walking alongside the busy, noisy Shanklin Road for a while until Rio pointed out an alternative path (GL42) from this road that goes to the north of Godshill Park Farm. Much safer and quieter, we took GL42 to rejoin GL44. Conscience of the time for our table booking, we thought it would be quicker to follow GL44 down to rejoin Shanklin Road. At least when we reached the road, from that point there was a pavement. We then made our way to The Griffin for lunch, albeit a little late.