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Bradshaw’s Guide

Second Route: Ryde to the Needles

Coach to Newport, 1s. You leave on the right, Binstead and its old church, near the coast. Beyond it are some slight remains of Quarr Abbey at a farm house; and an old stone quarry. Further on, towards Cowes are Whippingham church, and Osborne House, the seat of her Majesty the Queen. It has been entirely rebuilt, and stands on a ridge commanding a view of Spithead, the Solent, the Hampshire Coast, &c. When the Queen is there, the royal standard floats over the great tower. The Medina soon appears in its whole length down to Cowes, especially from some points near

Newport

Newport, the capital of the Island, a clean, well built, country town, in a hollow, on the river Medina which divides the Island nearly in halves.

For those who desire to travel quickly from Newport to West Cowes, a railway communication has been opened out. It takes a direct course along the western side of the Medina.

West Cowes

At the mouth of the Medina and is this stirring port, noted for its shipbuilding and yachting. There is deep water here; the Royal Yacht Club hold their regatta in August.

Carisbrooke

The former capital, where the governor used to reside.

Calbourne

Calbourne has an old church and is near to Westover Park.

The road skirts the north base of the Downs, with a prospect over the partly cultivated tract to the north, the Solent, and Hampshire. At length we reach Freshwater Village, at the head of Yarmouth Creek, Freshwater Gate being to the left. Dr. Hook the philosopher was born at the parsonage.

At the entrance of this creek is

Yarmouth

Yarmouth, another decayed borough, originally founded by the Rivers family.

Freshwater

Half a mile from the village, on the south side of the Downs in a gap of the cliffs, which rise up 500 and 600 feet above the sea, white and dazzling, producing a grand effect.

Round this point, (or 1½ mile across the downs, from Freshwater) is

Alum Bay

The cliffs on one side are white, and on the other are curiously variegated with strata of ochre, fuller’s earth, grey and white sand, &c.

Second Route
To: Miles.
Ryde to Wooton 3
Wooton to Newport 4
Newport to Carisbrooke 1
Carisbrooke to Calbourne
Calbourne to Freshwater 6
Freshwater to Alum Bay 2
Alum Bay to Needles ½

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