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golfcharlie wrote:Sandown, Isle of Wight. 20-minute walk to the beach, multiple places to eat & drink in the fine sea air. Flight over the Solent, Martello Towers, shipping, fly around the island and see The Needles.


How do you walk to the beach? It takes me 45 minutes.

(Agree on everything else).

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By Morten
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Paul_Sengupta wrote:
malcolmfrost wrote:Bolt Head is excellent

Not much in the way of a cafe there though!
Take a picnic...


However, (this was 3 weeks ago) about 15 minute walk on the road to South Sands, there was this place selling cakes to the passers by:
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By golfcharlie
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Ghengis: my route is to walk out onto main road, left along Newport Road past the supermarket as far as the T-junction with traffic lights. Turn right, followed by an almost immediate left, following signs for Lake railway station. Under bridge, bear left into Araluen Way, first right, first right again to Cliff Way, first right again brings you to the cliff; left along the cliff (fine view of the sea) footpath takes you to beach footpath descent. A lot of this route is slightly downhill. Allow another 5 minutes for the return.
By MartinC
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Paul_Sengupta wrote:
malcolmfrost wrote:Bolt Head is excellent


Not much in the way of a cafe there though!

Take a picnic...


No need. As per my post: "...nearby farm cafe at East Soar Farm a few minutes walk from strip.." - Just walk to the threshold of runway 29, through the airfield gate (combination lock code given with PPR confirmation) and south along the farm track to the buildings you can see in the distance.

And the very nice NT tearooms are only 15 minutes on the footpath across the fields to the east.

Stay on the airfield with your picnic and you will miss the fantastic views and walking close by. :)
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By Paul_Sengupta
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I don't know how fast you lot walk, but the last time we were camping there, we walked for about 15 mins down the farm track with no other civilisation seen so went back. We then tried walking about 30 mins across the fields to the east and all we came across were cows.

Surely if you walk 15 minutes south of the airfield at Bolt Head, you end up in the sea?
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By MartinC
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Paul_Sengupta wrote:I don't know how fast you lot walk, but the last time we were camping there, we walked for about 15 mins down the farm track with no other civilisation seen so went back. We then tried walking about 30 mins across the fields to the east and all we came across were cows.

Surely if you walk 15 minutes south of the airfield at Bolt Head, you end up in the sea?


Paul it probably depends where you start from and which track you choose. East Soar Farm (Experience) is well signposted from the car park outside the airfield perimeter at the threshold of 11, but the direct route for flyers is through the airfield gate at threshold 29, then along the road (track) south towards the sea, you *have* to pass through the farm that way and it really is only about 5 minutes away. Self service family /walkers cafe with toilets, tea and home made cakes, you do your own washing up and leave an honesty payment. Try this postcode for location TQ7 3DR, also check where NT Overbecks is to the east (out of the 29 threshold airfield gate and immediate left through the field gate following path across to the east, just keep going ignoring other paths off left and right, walking (straight) down into the woods from the second field long, you should then pick up signpost to Overbecks.

PS Soar Mill Hotel is to the west of the airfield and you need to walk out along the airfield vehicle access to the road, then find your way along the lanes or across the field footpaths. Slightly more difficult to find as it is completely invisible until you get there owing to being flat roofed and set well down in the valley road to the beach. If you take off on 29 then make a gentle left turn, you will fly over the hotel just before passing over the cliffs /beach cove. :D