Photographs from the Isle of Wight’s Spectacular Coastline

– looking to the The Needles from Alum Bay

Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise from the ends of the earth,
you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
    you islands, and all who live in them.

Isaiah 42:10
– on the beach with Needles in background

The Isle of Wight is not a huge chunk of land. But the coastline – around 60 miles in length – offers so many spectacular vistas I believe the entire perimeter would be worth both walking (there is a scenic coastal footpath) and also exploring via water transportation.

The following photographs concentrate on the headland that leads out to The Needles geological anomaly at the island’s western extremity.

First, Rebekah and I took the chairlift down to Alum Bay (with the colorful sands), then we made our way out to the signature chalk formations.

The day was windy and cool, perfect conditions for experiencing the classic English coastal “blustery day” that can only be remedied by a cup of hot tea.

Fortunately, and being the United Kingdom, even though the location was remote and difficult to access, we found a classic tea-room out near the end of the peninsular and ended up not only sipping tea but also enjoying scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Only in England!

Just beyond the cafe, a narrow tunnel burrowed through the chalk cliffs to an old Navy observation post, and out there we were able to get a close look at the the spectacular location.

– Rebekah tunneling through the cliffs!

I wrote about this before, in Wonderful Photos of the Needles, but I can’t stress enough how wonderful the drive was along the A3055 once we headed south from Yarmouth.

Finally, on the eastern part of the Isle of Wight, I have a photograph of Rebekah walking through the fields. Another bucolic scene. Another amazing day. – DEREK

Enjoy this set of landscape image:

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