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At the risk of boring you with endless pictures of woodlands and cliffs - skip if you've already reached saturation - I have some photos from May 26th, a windy and majorly hot day when we took the fairly short walk from Niton to Blackgang, at the southern tip of the Isle of Wight. The interesting point is that this route follows the accessible end of the old coastal road between them, which was cut by a landslip in 1928 - the other end is the "Lost Road" I described previously - and goes up over the spectacular Gore Cliff above the landslip.
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You start by following the main road southward from Niton that descends Barrack Shute - alternatively the Southern Vectis "6" bus will drop you at the foot of it. Then you turn off the main road down a lane running south-west - Sandrock Road - which in turn has a branch prominently signposted Old Blackgang Road. Follow this through the woodland until it just ... stops.
And at the end is the location called Windy Corner, with this spectacular view.
|The chalk cliffs in the distance are those of Tennyson Down, at the western tip of the Island.|
|Panorama - sorry, I clipped the top of the cliff|
|The path down to the beach: that tiny thing mid-picture is a stile.|
This pastureland, although still a consequence of landslips, is a very gentle contrast to the overgrown tangle immediately adjacent. We didn't go to the beach; it was so hot that 300 feet down and up didn't appeal (apart from which, it's a naturist beach and the etiquette would undoubtedly get complicated).
|Looking down the overgrown landslip to the beach|
|Gore Cliff at Windy Corner|
|Old Blackgang Road, looking east|
Below, an image from 2011 of the "Lost Road": the section of this very same road in the section near Blackgang isolated by landslips decades ago and only travelled by determined walkers. It's quite a striking contrast as the 'post-apocalyptic twin' of the photo above.
|Old Blackgang Road - "Lost Road" section - looking east|
|St Catherine's Point lighthouse and Knowles Farm|
|Looking along the brink of Gore Cliff|
|Looking down to the Windy Corner car park|
Shortly after, you see the buildings of Blackgang Chine amusement park, and the vista across the whole "Back of the Wight". The path then descends via more steps to the car park and Chine entrance with its well-known giant smuggler.