Five go to the Isle of Wight

The Needles is a must see when at the Isle of Wight. They are a row of three distinctive stacks of chalk that rise about 30m out of the sea off the western extremity of the Isle of Wight.  At the outer end of the formation stands The Needles Lighthouse which was built in 1859.Don’t worry, that was not the real lighthouse – just a replica of it in the car park.

They don’t really look like Needles. The name actually came from a fourth needle-shaped pillar called Lot’s Wife. It had collapsed in a storm in 1764.  Despite that, the name has stuck.

We walked around the Old Battery to look into the various rooms – depicting life during those times.

There was a room set up as in the old administrative officeBarnaby was the Skipper and I sat the the typewriter typing love letters for my soldier at war.But the one we liked the best was the room of explosives!We got to dress up as the men did when they were making the explosives …  so just in case Brexit doesn’t go as planned, we know what we have to do. George, just don’t sit on the barrel of explosives! You have to run!

After a day of travel – taxi, train, bus, ferry, car and some sightseeing, we arrived at The Royal Hotel in VentnorAfter checking into our rooms, we went for a little run in the hotel grounds to stretch our legs.And from the top we could see the beach below – and decided it might be a good idea to have a run on the beach.But there were signs that said dogs were forbidden on the beach from May until the end of September. Oh well, we went to supper instead.

It wasn’t easy to find dog-friendly restaurants … but we had read about The Spy Glass Inn –
It was very dog-friendly – lots of us inside and out. And a lot of pirates too!

And the hoomans – they ate a lot of seafood!The sun had set by the time we finished and it was time to walk up the cliff sideIt’s been a long day. We were all knackered – and we turned in for an early night in our dog-friendly hotel.

May’s comment: Another place, another adventure. Love travelling with my pooches and even more fun with friends.Tomorrow we have a date with some cockapoos!


  1. Kim

    Are you still.on the Island May? I’m only in bonchurch at the moment… 10 min walk to Ventnor. So glad you are loving my beautiful island. .. St Helens beach dog friendly .. as is yaverland. And the priory beach just stunning. The Hut in Colwell a must for a sunset seafood meal xxxx

  2. Kim

    And the pointers inn in Newchurch fab food and doggy friendly. Let me know if you go there and I will pop and say hi to you all. Kim xx

  3. Kim Williams

    Only just seen this … you still there? Xx

    • Miss Darcy

      Oh no! I wasn’t checking my messages – we left the hotel at around 9.30. We’re now back in London! What a shame!

  4. Kim

    Ahhh.. only just seen this … are you still there? Probs not now ?? xx

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