The town is split in two by the River Medina. The ferry docking point is in East Cowes but our accommodation was to be in West Cowes. The river is crossed by a rather curious chain ferry; this normally functions well but it is currently out of use. We thus made a journey inland to Newport to what geographers refer to as the 'lowest bridging point'. There we crossed the river and travelled back down the west bank - a detour of eight or ten miles. It is not known when the ferry will re-open.
A mariner's Mecca. The harbour at Cowes.
4 September, 2017