Last week I was lucky enough to escape the mainland and go sailing for a few days. I grew up in a family that loved sailing, so I’m used to being here, there, and everywhere. Maybe that helped with my travel obsession- there was always somewhere to go, something to explore, and at least when I was younger, pirates to find 🙂
The weather in Britain was amazing last week! Although it’s July, that doesn’t always necessarily mean hot weather over here. Last month we had loads of rain. We sailed down to Bucklers Hard, close to Beaulieu which took us around 4 hours. I only really know the bare minimum when it comes to sailing, and I enjoy it when the weather’s good!
Bucklers Hard is a gorgeous village, and we moored there for the night. There is a small row of tiny houses that run down towards the watersedge, and a large, open space between the two opposite sides. This was because it was a shipbuilding village back in the 18th century. Trees were rolled down from the woods (it’s part of the New Forest) towards the river to build ships- including those for Nelson’s Navy. When you see it you can just imagine stepping back in time and watching trees roll down the field.
We walked through the woods to reach Beaulieu village, which was a 2 mile journey. The route takes you closer to the riversedge so if you can peek through the trees on your right, you can see the river and the fancy looking houses on the other side. It’s like stepping back in time, and for those in love with that old-fashioned, quaint-style sense of England, here is the place to visit. Old-school sweet shops, red phone boxes, and tiny-sized buildings going back to fabulously early dates.
That night we ate at the The Master’s Building restaurant, which is situated overlooking the river and next to the Georgian cottages aforementioned. This was where the ship-building master used to live. As this was a sailing weekend I chose a mackerel dish which was delicious!
The next morning, we left Buckler’s Hard and sailed across to the Isle of Wight. The wind and tide were coming in from opposite directions so it made for a bit of an eventful sail. At one point I had to sail into the wind whilst they sorted the sails out- that was a bit scary, but it all got sorted and we finally made it to Cowes!
Again, Isle of Wight is like stepping back in time; I love the narrow streets, tiny houses, and local shops. As far as I know they don’t have Topshop, Primark, or any nightclubs there! I’d also like to mention at this point we had our 15-year old dog with us, so much of the trip was spent pandering to him! Needless to say he was popular wherever he went.
That night we ate another delicious meal, this time at The Red Duster. I had a seafood chowder starter and then a seabass main- fish is good for your skin! We were absolutely stuffed after this and slept it off that night.
The next morning, I got up at 5.30am. The sun was rising and it was a beautiful view overlooking the marina and the orange sun reflecting onto the water. We set sail back home around 7am, and had a perfect sail back- we passed Osborne House, which was where Queen Victoria had a summer residence. I managed to sneak in backstage there for a concert once, but that’s another story.
It was a great- but tiring- weekend, and I forgot my sun cream lotion so my nose and forehead were extremely red by the end of it all. It was worth it though!