Travelled : 62 Kilometres from Bosham to East Cowes, Isle of Wight (via Wightlink Ferry, Portsmouth £130 return)
Visited: Nothing just travelling.
Stayed : Roadside parking on the waterfront, East Cowes. Free untimed after 6 pm. N50.76309 W01.28760
By mid afternoon we have departed Bosham heading west on the A27, getting the feel of the Hymer again. We fill with diesel and find a supermarket before heading into Portsmouth. We have seen the odd documentary about the Isle of Wight and have it on our bucket list. Mind you with the cost of the ferry ticket we had second thoughts, but it’s not our inheritance. I have booked the cheapest possible ticket departing at 11 pm. By 7 pm we are in the carpark, after being nice to the girl at the counter she agrees to move us to the 10 pm.
We settle in, have a quiche we purchased earlier in the day from a little bakery in Rustington, delicious and a couple of drinks. A short nap later we are rolling onto the ferry. 40 minutes later we roll in IOW looking for a parking spot. 10 minutes later we are on the seafront in East Cowes, the bed is down and goodnight.
Date : 8th July
Travelled : 16 Kilometres from East Cowes to Newport, Isle of Wight
Visited : Osborne House, East Cowes, included in English Heritage, Overseas Visitor Pass (£62 double) and Cowes Village
Stayed : Free Carpark adjacent Carisbrooke Castle, Newport. A bin but no service. N50.68688 W01.31572
We have parked adjacent to a favoured dog walking area. They start arriving at 6 am and by 8 the area is teaming with dogs running here and there, with their elderly owners chatting to each other. The morning is cool and grey which seems to be the pattern since we arrived. One owner walks over whilst we are having breakfast and admires the Hymer and starts chatting about his Hymer and their travels. He gives us a couple of tips about Germany before walking off with his dog, which had quite happily made itself at home on the floor of the Hymer.
It’s just on 10 am when we drive up the hill to Osborne House. Built by Queen Victoria and Albert it was their summer home until his death. It was then vacant for several years before she resumed her summers on the IOW.
It’s lunchtime and we drive back down the hill into East Cowes and jag a great Hymer sized parking spot and stop for a camper car lunch. Cowes and East Cowes are divided by the Medina Estuary, no bridge but an old chain ferry is the only means of access.
It’s time to say goodbye to Cowes and we turn the Hymer south toward Newport in the centre of IOW. We are looking for a free spot for the night and we aim for Carisbrooke Castle hoping we may be able to park there or closeby. Must be peak hour, it takes almost an hour to make our way through Newport to Carisbrooke. The roads are so narrow with cars parked in the most ridiculous spots, add the buses to the mix. Adjacent the castle we find a lovely big carpark with no restrictions and a lovely view.