A couple of pictures for you today. The weather looked absolutely lovely this morning so we decided we would go for a little bike ride, and a walk. One of our favourite destinations is Stokes Bay. We set off and realised that although the sun was bright, the air was still quite chilly. We were OK though and so didn’t have to turn back. Taking a brief detour to post a letter in Alverstoke Village Post Office saw us ending up on Jellicoe Avenue heading down towards the Bay. Jellicoe is one of those roads that’s unusually wide, there are several of them in the area. They were built that way to allow for the build up of forces in preparation for D-Day.
I was pleased to see when we arrived at Stokes Bay that the Sailing Ship Tenacious was still at anchor. We joined the Golden Mile midway between the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS) and the restaurant Pebbles. We walked up to the Bayside Cafe at the Diving Museum and had an ice cream. I had a two scoop tub, Banana and Mint Chocolate Chip – very nice. We noticed that the gate in to Browndown was open, which meant we were allowed to go in and explore the limited area that visitors are allowed.
Stokes Bay was quite busy both on the water and on land. Most people were quite well behaved. I have noticed that sometimes people tend to walk down a path abreast, and will not move across. At one point we had to stand to allow a group to pass us. We got a rather pathetic “Thank you” as they did so.
As we were walking back to the bikes it started to rain. It wasn’t too bad, but we did hurry a bit to get back to the bikes. We paused briefly to take the picture at the top. The Sailing Ship Tenacious, built in 1990 the largest sailing ship to be launched in the UK in 100 years. I must admit I thought that she was older than that. Behind her is the Hoegh Target. Built in 2015, at the time she was the largest car carrier in the world at 8,500 vehicles.
The rain intensified as we were heading home. We both got a bit wet. But it was nice to get in and have a cup of tea. It was a very pleasant couple of hours.