Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Island Harbour, IOW

Ryde Queen
Ryde Queen, found just outside Island Harbour on the Medina
The plan for the weekend was to whizz? over to Bembridge again, because we like it there.

Mother nature had different plans for us, in that the wind over tide situation made for an uncomfortable journey out that way, so we swung about and headed towards Cowes.

On the way into Cowes, Patch suggested we try going to Island Harbour, which is situated up the far end of the Medina, almost at Newport itself.

This turned out to be an inspired suggestion, as the place was really great and proved to be a handy setting off point for a really picturesque walk up the Medina to Newport itself.

It's the first time we've been through a lock with Arctic Rose, adding a frisson of excitement to our adventure. In the end, with neap tides and plenty of cheerful help, locking in and out was actually quite a pleasure.

As an added bonus, we were made extremely welcome by Steve and Barbara, of Wight Mistress, who are also Fisher owners and based there when not out and about travelling.

Island Harbour is certainly destined to be another favourite destination of ours.

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