Notes from a Small Island – The Red Squirrel Trail

Stevie Turner

We discovered a new cycling trail today.  It runs along an old disused railway track that Mr Beeching closed down in 1956.  It was rather lovely cycling a 9 mile round trip from Sandown station to Merstone on a smooth tarmacked path.  Here’s the first stop at Alverstone:

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Sam said “Can you see that face in the tree?” I thought he’d seen a ghost until I saw this:

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Bit creepy isn’t it?  After about 3 miles we were pleased to see this lovely café right on the trail.  I should imagine it’s a little goldmine for the owners:

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We’ll definitely do that trail again.  However, the legs are tired now as I’ve never cycled 9 miles before!  Time for a cup of tea and a sit down on the decking.  See you soon. x

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