Thanks for popping in.
Portsmouth is within easy reach by train and perfect for a day out. There are two stations, one in the City centre and another at the Harbour, which is ideal for a trip round the Historic Dockyard to see The Victory or Mary Rose and all the Naval Museums or you could visit the Spinnaker Tower and the Gunwharf Quays shopping centre or, like us, it's a good way to pick up the coast for a stroll next to the sea towards Southsea.
On the way, you'll pass the Ferry Terminals full of passengers heading to the Isle of Wight and just after the razzamatazz of Clarence Pier, you can watch the Hovercrafts puff up and scoot over to the Isle in only 10 minutes. There is so much to watch with boats going this way and that, you could just sit on one of the many benches for hours and be happily entertained. That wouldn't really improve the step count though!
Walking along, past King Henry VIII's Castle, the South Parade Pier and the Pyramid Centre, past the rock and rose gardens, you reach Eastney Beach, there's the Coffee Cup café for a spot of refreshment where you can sit outside and take in the view. It is here that the shingle is covered in plants, quite different from the beach you have already walked along. It's a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).
Helpfully, there's an information board.
It was looking particularly splendid on this visit, covered in red valerian flowers and cabbage like plants - sea kale, wild radish, common mallow plus loads of others - so pretty. Have a look here for a complete list.
Eventually it's time to head back to the station.
|The view from South Parade Pier - you can just make out King VIII's Castle.|
There's just time to stop at the Aspex Gallery for an almond croissant and some camomille tea.
|An art lesson was in full swing at the Aspex Gallery as we enjoyed our tea.|
Interestingly, our outing was another 25,000 steps, similar to our visit to the Festival!
By the way, we couldn't resist the Rose Garden, which I'll show you next time.