David and dogs on board the ferry en route to the Isle of Wight.
David had never been to the IOW before so we planned a trip before autumn started to roll in. We set off for Southampton docks and whilst waiting for the ferry, we decided to have a coffee in the dockside cafe. Dogs were welcome inside so we were off to a good start..
Once on the ferry, we saw that there was a dog friendly lounge provided. It just got better! There was plenty of room and the dogs settled down for a smooth, comfortable crossing. Needless to say, our two terrors got lots of attention and were perfectly behaved. Before we knew it, we were docking at East Cowes.
During the following week we visited several places, even meeting up with a fellow Weltos member, who currently lives on the island, Brian with Molly. The weather was absolutely amazing and every day we took our dogs out for an adventure. I'll let the photos do the talking....
Left to right: Brian with Molly, David with Captain Jack and Daisy
The first day of our travels took us to Ryde, where we walked all along the esplanade towards Seaview. En route we were intercepted by Brian with Molly. We then headed for The Boatyard, a delightful pub which does delicious food.
It also has figures of Dad's Army characters. See if you can recognise them! Here is Daisy checking out Captain Mainwaring! Then Molly, Daisy & Jack lining up for duty!
On the way back we checked out Appley Tower before continuing along the part of beach where dogs are allowed!
The next day we ventured to Bembridge, where we came across a little floating seafood restaurant which was also dog friendly. It was like being in the Med! Beautiful blue skies and sound of boats bobbing in the breeze.
Sandown has the most wonderful beaches!
Ventor had the most amazing feel to it. The weather was truly wonderful for this time of the year and we had lunch at the Spyglass Inn. It was a very steep walk down to the pub so we were ready for our lunch.
Just had to photograph this pirate. It was a special one for Captain Jack.
So an end came to a very pleasant stay on the Isle of Wight. We look forward to a return visit.
Jenny and Ian Carr write:
Nice Pics Patsy. We have not been to the island since the 60's. Time for another visit!
Chris Hurley writes:
Our holiday home is only 30 minutes from Southsea and we sometimes jump on the ferry or the Hovercraft to nip over to Ryde from where buses run all over the IOW.
I first went there as a 10 year old and it really hasn't changed that much. Glad you had good weather. It isn't always so kind.
Lynn French writes:
Looks like you had a great time with wonderful weather. We took Bonnie over to the IOW one year - she really freaked on the ferry for some reason. She was usually such a good traveller.
Jane Price writes:
Well, you have inspired us to go to the Isle of Wight! Living in Surrey and not that far from Southampton, we have been wanting to go there for some time but unfortunately have never found the time. I went there as a child and came back with a test tube from Shanklin containing rainbow sand! I would love to visit Queen Victoria’s pad . As garlic lovers, we would also love to go to the famous garlic farm there as well. On the photos you sent, IOW looks really pretty and unspoilt!
Your two Pirates must have loved the beach walks?
Next Spring, the Isle of Wight is top of my list to visit! Thank you for sharing your photos with us! Have you ever thought of writing a travelogue of dog friendly holidays?!! (apart from the great one on the WELTOS blog?!) Over the Summer, reading about the amazing travel adventures of our Weltos members and their dogs has been lovely. Welsh Terriers seem to be spending their holidays not only all over the British Isles, but France as well! What adaptable little dogs they are.
Karen Over writes:
Fantastic read! We loved seeing the photos and reading about your WT adventures. We will always have a big heart for IOW as our "Dear Eric" was from there. RIP.
Jan Chamberlain writes:
The pics look great. Last time I saw Molly was at the last trimming day. The IOW looks very dog friendly. May have to go sometime.