Today we had some friends walking with us, Kate and Carina, I meant to have a photo taken with them and forgot, but I will next time. We started the walk from home in Ryde and walked down to the seafront through the houses and arrived at the coastal path which goes through a golf course You have to be careful there but it is very pretty.
We got to Holy Cross church in Binstead which was built in the 13th century. You that's old, just wait!
We carried on through the woods and farmland to Quarr Abbey. There was an abbey built in 1132 but that was destroyed during Henry VIII's dissolution of monastries. There are still ruins of the old abbey near the new one. The current abbey was built in the Moorish Expressionist style in 1910. Its very lovely.
We will be back there later.
We carried on through Fishbourne and Wooton doing a circular walk and reaching St Edmund's church at Wooton. A saxon church on this site was recorded in the Doomsday book in 1086. However, the current church was mentioned in the church rolls in 1378 but I can't tell you when it was actually built.
After this we took a slightly shorter walk back to Wooton Bridge and then retraced our steps to Quarr Abbey. By this time we had walked 10 miles and had two more to go to get home, so it was definitely time for lunch and there is no better place to have lunch than in Quarr Abbey tea room, this cafe always gets a 5 baboon rating for food, coffee and atmosphere, especially in the garden.
This was the sandwich of the day french bread with prawns in lime mayonnaise with chips!! It was yummy.
That gave us enough energy to get home again.
Its a great walk with lots of varied countryside and views.
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