Go West, Young Man
Friday, 18 June 2021
Then And Now (5)
The Needles (that you cannot thread!) are at the very western tip of the Isle of Wight. Atop the cliff is the Needles Battery, former defensive fort protecting the Solent from and unwise invader; and a short jump further eastwards is the celebrated Alum Bay, The coloured sands have filled millions of souvenirs for many a long year ...
... but all the colours are less easy to spot in reality.
The third route runs via Shorwell (pronounced Shorr'll by real Vectensians) and this is by far the most picturesque run via some delightful villages and then, wow ...
West Wight via Yarmouth in 1997
We will remember that these trips were part of the huge Island circular but, for the purposes of comparison, fbb will just look at the simple basic service from Newport to Alum Bay and Freshwater Bay.
West Wight via Yarmouth in 2021
As is the trend these days, the route now
is all numbered 7 (BROWN), but, otherwise is unchanged.
Via Shorwell & Chessell in 2021
Service 12 remains with just six journeys Monday to Friday and ...
But until last year, what was service 11 did not appear; there was no bus via the full length of the middle road. A surprise, then was the return of route 27, the historic number for journeys via Chessell (via Shorwell was 28).
As well as all the usual things you would expect on a working farm ...
Oh, yes; there are a few animals, real ...
Despite the delights of Tapnell (?), West Wight is a much more relaxing destination than the resorts of the east coast. And you can get to all of the West by bus!
This Is Alex Hornby ...
The services launched on 16th May. Yesterday was 16th June.
The leaflets are well over ONE WHOLE MONTH late.
Next Variety blog : Saturday 19th June