Autumn Fun on the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight has been enjoying some beautifully warm days recently (we’re drawing a veil over August 2015!) and Autumn is a fantastic time to get outdoors. Whether you’re joining Goodleaf for some tree climbing this half term and taking the opportunity to check out Autumn colours up close, taking a long walk along a deserted beach or foraging in the hedgerows, there’s loads to do this Autumn on the Isle of Wight.
One of our favourite walks is over the top of Culver Down from Bembridge to Sandown. You can park anywhere near Bembridge depending how far you want to walk or how many little legs you’ve got with you! Just join the coastal path and follow it over the cliff top whilst enjoying stunning views over the English Channel. Blackberries are abundant in the hedgerows that line the path; we advise collecting a few and having crumble for pudding that night!
Once you’ve come back down the other side, we recommend taking a trip to Yaverland beach for some fossil hunting or continuing your walk along the sea front to Browns for whatever refreshment the weather dictates; an ice cream or hot chocolate!
If you’d like to get outside and top up your nature knowledge at the same time, try an Autumn Migratory Bird Watch with Arc Consulting or a Fungal Foray with the Isle of Wight Natural History Society. Their fungi walk this October is in Borthwood Copse – an area of historic woodland with some stunning veteran trees that’s well worth a visit.
Autumn is fantastic in Appley Park! When we’re not tree climbing, you’ll find us beach-combing and enjoying the sight of the Sanderlings by the shore on Appley Beach. Although we climb an oak tree, conkers are a plenty in Appley Park – why not go conker hunting and take part in Go Bonkers for Conkers with The Wild Network.
If the weather permits, we’ll be enjoying Autumn colour from our favourite spot – high in the branches of the Goodleaf oak tree. Hope to see you there!