|Climbing out of Freshwater|
|Whale Chine Beach|
Eventually after about four hours I reached the village of Chale, where I briefly contemplated getting the last bus into Ventnor (it was only 4pm!). I decided against it as I was enjoying the walk so much, but knew that it would be a tall order to reach Ventnor before it got dark. The climb out of Chale up onto St Catherine’s Cliff wasn’t nearly as hard as I expected and once again I was high up on a chalk cliff rather than the fairly low sandstone ones that had been my companion for the last 7 miles. Strangely though I was no longer at the coast but a mile or so inland, with what looked like a landslip between this cliff and the much smaller one below. As I rounded the corner and finally left the view of Freshwater Bay behind me, I got a good view of St Catherine’s lighthouse below, which marked the southernmost point on the island.
|Church and Oratory|
The path skirted the village of Niton and continued along a wooded clifftop for a mile of so before a very steep descent to the actual coastline below by the village of St Lawrence. The path continued along the low cliffs all the way into Ventnor and after a mile or so it the coastal strip was actually a park that stretched all the way into Ventnor. Once at St Lawrence I wrongly assumed I was almost there, which proved to be a mistake as it was actually still quite a long way along the front. By the time I got to the outskirts of Ventnor I had to take a detour away from the coast path and follow the main road into town as it was too dark to see where I was going.
|St Catharine's Cliffs|