I had never been to the Isle of Wight but last weekend that finally changed. We went a couple of days before the wedding to see some of the island.
The journey from London was surprisingly quick! It only took 2.5 hours in total. Why don’t I go to the seaside more often?
We took a train to Portsmouth and then the ferry to Ryde. It was only a 20 minute ride.
Once in Ryde we took the little train to Shanklin. It was actually an old London Underground trains. It felt like stepping back in time!
Shanklin station had the cutest newsagents.
And once we had checked in, we made the short walk to the beach. It was a hot day and loads of people were swimming in the sea. We decided to swim the next morning. The water was only 17 – 18 degrees Celsius but it was so nice to be in the water and enjoy the views onto the cliffs from there.
A classic car was parked by the sea front. Check out the driver!
We also visited Shanklin Chine which is a garden with a waterfall (a little trickle on that particular day) in a gap in the cliffs.
We had drinks and dinner in the Old Village in Shanklin. (Stay away from that Pavarotti restaurant. It’s terrible).
All in all, Shanklin is a cute little town and the Isle of Wight is well worth a visit! Nothing beats swimming in the sea on a hot day.
All photos are taken by me on the Fuji X10.