I have never been to the Isle of Wight but have past it on the ferry on the way back from France, as it slows down to manoeuvre into Portsmouth harbour. Both the views of the island, its cliffs and then the trundle past all the naval ships anchored in Portsmouth makes it a fascinating part of the journey.
So back to the card, lets go clockwise starting from the top left:
- Ventor - first grew as a health resort in the Victorian era because of its micro-climate caused by the sheltering cliffs and its southerly aspect
- Blackgang Chine - is 6 miles from Ventor and has had an amusement park since 1843, the location has moved over the years as it contends with landslides.
- Allum Bay and the Needles - The Needles rock are guarded by a lighthouse, not seen on the card.
- Sandown - resort with a sweeping sandy beach
- Ryde - Is a popular destination because of the short sea route from the mainland
- The Old Village, Shanklin - with it many thatched house, and a pub, sadly not in view.