HIDDEN GEMS

Yachting Monthly - - A LONG WEEKEND -

1 NEWTOWN CREEK

A Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve, Newtown Creek is one of the most tran­quil anchorages this side of the So­lent. The main one is at Clamerkin Lake. Make sure your an­chor is prop­erly set as the tide is quite strong. There are also a num­ber of paid-for vis­i­tor moor­ings here, although the ma­jor­ity are in the es­tu­ary lead­ing to Shalfleet. Ex­plore the chan­nels by dinghy.

2 SIR MAX AITKEN MU­SEUM

This for­mer 18th Cen­tury sail loft on Cowes’ High Street houses Sir Max Aitken’s per­sonal col­lec­tion of nau­ti­cal arte­facts in­clud­ing the gaff from the Royal rac­ing yacht, Bri­tan­nia. Open May to Septem­ber, Tues­day-satur­day. Ap­point­ments are avail­able out­side of these open­ing times. 01983 293800

3 TIFFINS OF COWES

If overnight­ing at Cowes Yacht Haven, don’t break­fast aboard. In­stead, head to Tiffins on the High Street for the best ba­con sand­wich around. You will have to ar­rive early to beat the queues. 01983 292310

4 THE BARGEMAN’S REST

With its ex­ten­sive menu and real ale se­lec­tion, this hostelry at Lit­tle Lon­don Quay, New­port Har­bour is the ideal place for lunch af­ter ex­plor­ing the up­per reaches of the River Me­d­ina. 01983 525828

5 THE LIT­TLE GLOSTER RESTAU­RANT & BAR

Gurnard Bay out­side Cowes is an­other pretty spot to visit. The walk to Gurnard vil­lage is well worth the ef­fort, es­pe­cially as it is home to The Lit­tle Gloster. The restau­rant is open Wed­nes­day-sun­day and has an ex­ten­sive lunch and din­ner menu, as well as its BBQ Fri­day. It can cater for crews. 01983 298776

6 PON­TOON VIEW POP UP BAR

Run by the much-loved for­mer land­lady of the Pier View, the Pon­toon View Pop Up Bar is held ev­ery Fri­day and Satur­day night on the ter­race of Cowes Yacht Haven. En­joy sun­down­ers, gourmet burg­ers, seafood and cheese boards while tak­ing in So­lent’s spec­tac­u­lar view.

7 COWES-NEW­PORT CY­CLE PATH

One of the best ways to ex­plore New­port, the county town of the Isle of Wight, is via the cy­cle path, which starts in Cowes and runs along the River Me­d­ina to New­port Har­bour.

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