Island … Summer 2011
WACer circumnavigates IOW …
Annie Dougall reports.
In a mad moment one day I thought I'd like to
circumnavigate the Isle of Wight! .... I popped into Cotswold and picked
up a map! I love looking at maps and planning my attack. It looked
do-able and when I mentioned it at work I found a companion, Elaine
(Higgs – of Lytchett Manor Striders)! She had never gone beyond marathon
distance and the only thing we had done together was go to Excel and
register for London! I planned to go for a two-day event going clockwise
as we would then get the Needles towards the end of our second day which
would be nice near the end of our adventure!
We chose our two days and caught the 6.45am
ferry from Lymington on a beautiful sunny morning! We had cappuccino's
on the ferry and marvelled at how little kit we had in our small
We set off from Yarmouth Marina and soon
found that coastpath signs were not very consistent, glad we brought the
OS Explorer map ... it was to get well used on this little jolly! The 38
miles to Sandown included getting a bit lost in a forest and doing a
nice little extra loop! The natives are very friendly over there though
and recognized that a map in hand meant we were looking for the
coastpath! 11.45hrs later we rocked into Sandown! Fish & chips, beer,
shower ... sleep, zzzzzzz
Day two dawned also sunny and warm. A second
set of kit, compeeds, breakfast. Lucky it didn't rain as our trainers
were still on the window ledge airing off! A much nicer day, rolling
hills, virtually all off-road, even a cappuccino break at a nice beach
café! We managed to run loads and really enjoyed the scenery. We could
see the Needles in the misty distance but it took a long time to reach
The map had now been folded so many times
it looked pleated! (I ironed it when I got home!!)
As we ran round the
coast and Yarmouth came into view we saw a Wightlink ferry in.
Figuring it was the 7.35 and it was now 7.16 we ‘picked up’ our
pace! We ran to the ticket office, did a high five, bought a ticket
and made it just in time to have this photo taken!
We did two laps of the ferry looking for
beer, which we found at the café, where we were asked if we were
going to do laps all the way to Lymington!
Pleased with ourselves?? Oh yes!
Annie (right) with Elaine on the Wightlink Ferry on the
What next ... Jersey ... South-West Coast
Path .... South Downs Way ... watch this space!