Friday, 26 August 2011

Up High on the Downs

What a glorious day!!  After waking up to the sound of rain it disappeared in time for our scenic walk
Up High on the Downs.

It is feeling autumnal already which meant we had some fantastic views from Tennyson Down.

Alfred Lord Tennyson who lived at Farringford in Freshwater Bay enjoyed walking on these Downs which were named in his memory & a monument built.

The Isle of Wight is blessed with fantastic views.

Alum Bay with its coloured sands. The fine white sand was once exported to Bristol & London to be used in the glassmaking industry.

After enjoying an early cream tea at Warren Farm Tearooms which has been voted one of the Top 10 places in the UK to have a Cream Tea we continued down to Freshwater Bay, past Dimbola Lodge the former home of the Victorian photographer & close friend of Tennyson, Julia Margaret Cameron & past the only thatched church on the Island & dedicated to St Agnes.

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