68 Route 10. RYDE. Isle of
mouth from Lymington in summer ('/z hr.; Is. 7d., Is. Id.), 6 times daily.
To Sea View and Bembridge from Southsea (l-l'/i hr.; Is. 6d., 10d.) 5-6
times daily. —The Sun. service is less frequent; no Sun. steamers from
Stokes Bay or Lymington.
Those who have time to spare will prefer to spend at least 7-10 days
in the island, but in favourable weather its finest points may be visited
in Three Days: — 1st Day. From Ryde to Shanklin by rail (fares 2s., Is.
4d., 7d.) in 25 min.; thence on foot to Shanklin Chine, and to Ventnor
via Bonchurch, in l'/2 hr.; in the afternoon to Blackgang and back in
4V2 hrs. by coach (comp. p. 72). — 2nd Day. From Ventnor to Freshwater
and Alum Bay by coach in 3>/2hrs., visiting the Needles, and returning by
coach to Freshwater (fare about. 7s.); from Freshwater to Newport by train
in 3/4 hr. — 3rd Day. Excursions from Newport; from Newport to Cowes,
rail in 1/t hr. — Alternative routes for the second and third days : — 2nd Day.
From Ventnor to Newport (10 M.) by coach or by train (p. 73); excursions
from Newport. — 3rd Day. From Newport to Yarmouth and Freshwater
by train (p. 74), in 3/4 hr., visiting Alum Bay and the Needles; in the
afternoon back to Newport, and thence to Cowes. — To see as much as
possible in One Day, take an early train from Ryde to Ventnor, arriving
at the latter place in time for the coach (10 a.m.) to Freshwater and
Alum Bay, and back to Freshwater (as above); in the afternoon proceed
by train from Freshwater to Newport, and visit Carisbrooke Castle; then
to Ryde or Cowes by late train. — Two Days : — 1st Day. From Ryde
to Newport by train; to Carisbrooke Castle on foot; from Newport to
Shanklin by rail; from Shanklin to Ventnor on foot; spend night at Vent¬
nor. — 2nd Day. Coach (as above) to Freshwater and Alum Bay (visiting
the Needles), and back to Freshwater; train from Freshwater to New¬
port; railway to Cowes; steamboat to Portsmouth or Southampton.
Railway fares in the Isle of Wight are high, and third-class carriages
are generally provided only on one or two trains daily, running at an in¬
conveniently early hour. As, however, the distances are short, the traveller
will find that the numerous coaches and motor-cars supplemented by a
little walking, will make him comparatively independent of the railway.
Various excursion facilities are, however, offered in summer at lower
rates. — In the height of the season (Aug.) the island is crowded with
visitors, and accommodation is often difficult to obtain unless previously
ordered. Boarding-houses and lodgings are numerous.
A trip round the island (occupying 5-7 hrs.), for which an oppor¬
tunity is usually afforded thrice a week in summer by steamers from
Ryde and Cowes, is very pleasant in fine weather (fare 2s. 6d.).
The :'Isle of Wight, the Vectis of the Romans, lying from 2 to
6 M. distant from the S. coast of England, contains within a com¬
paratively narrow compass a remarkable variety of charming scenery.
In circumference it measures about 65 M. ; from E. to W. it is 23 M.
long, and from N. to S. 13 M. broad. Pop. (1901) 82,387. The
highest points are St. Boniface Down (787 ft.) to the S.E., and St.
Catherine's Hill (781 ft.; p. 72) to the S.W. The Undereliff on tbe
S., and Alum Bay and Freshwater Cliffs on the W. are the finest
points. — The river Medina divides the island into two portions, or
hundreds, called the East and West Medina, each comprising 16 pa¬
rishes. The S. part is sometimes spoken of as the Back of the Island.
Ryde. — "Royal Pier Hotel, R. from 5s. 6d., D. 5s.; 'Esplanade,
pens, from 10s. Gd.; Marine, R. from 2s. 6d., D. 2s. 6d., all these on the
beach, with a fine view; Royal, R. from 2s. 6d., D. 3s. 6d.; York, George St.
In Union Street: Kent; Yelf's. — Higher up (beyond Yelf's), about 1/3 M.
from the Pier, Crown, R. from 4s., D. 3s. 6d., commercial. — Waverley
Temperance, R. from 2s. 6d. — Soliris, atBinsteart, 1 M. from the pier,
with large grounds, first-class, from 31. 3s. to Gl. 6s. per week, highly