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The Solent Area ~ Virtual Tour no 9 ~ Over the water to Hythe

Solent map googleHythe

Teturning to my virtual tour of the Solent and Beyond we take the Hotspur over the water from near Southampton Pier is a great way to travel to Hythe, passing any of the Cunard Queens which may be in dock. You journey takes you not far along Southampton Water, passing the mouth of the River Itchen and the unmistakable three towers of Weston Shore. It is only a short ride, taking about fifteen minutes to reach the little town of Hythe, on the edge of the New Forest. May commute this way everyday and shoppers enjoy the hop over to Southampton too. It would take you about an hour to do the journey by road but it’s much less fun.

You alight at the end of an unusual wooden pier built in 1881, although the train which runs along its length was not installed until 1909 and then only for transporting baggage. The present electric railway was put in in 1922 and looks much the same today. You can catch the train and trundle along towards the town or you can also enjoy a stroll along the pier’s length of over one quarter of a mile, with interesting historical facts on placards and regular intervals, such as the visit from King George VI just before DDay in 1944.

Hythe Pier

Hythe Pier

Hythe is a quaint place to visit with several cafes and riverside walks, including the fairly recently built marina, which is a wonderful place to stroll, have something to eat and watch the shipping go in and out of Southampton Harbour. In fact, the Cunard dock is right opposite and so here, or at the end of the pier, are the best places for photo shots of the ships berthed or just leaving Southampton.

QE2 on the day of her final cruise to the Med

QE2 on the day of her final cruise to the Med

My next post is at Calshot, perfectly timed for the centenary celebrations. Watch Inside Out on the BBC tonight if my informant is correct! (25/03/2013)

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Memories of My ‘Bookiful’ Weekend

While the whole of the UK are experiencing Olympic withdrawal symptoms, I thought I’d share snapshots of memories of my own eventful weekend, last week. It was a marathon in itself!

Thursday 2nd August

Stopped off to say a big thank you to Rachel Holmes and Colonel Bullied at the

Hampshire Regiment Museum in Winchester:

Hampshire Regiment Museum Winchester






Friday October 3rd

An atmospheric picnic, sharing readings and talking about my writing on Weston Shore as the sun set over Southampton. I was just reading the first chapter when Edward, a sea captain, guides his ship along Southampton Water as a cruise liner left dock and sailed past us!

Weston Shore Southampton








Saturday 4th

Excited to catch the Hythe Ferry. Although this was not a Hotspur as in both of my novels, I still delight in the journey across Southampton Water, evoking many childhood memories, especially taking the train ride along the pier. Spot my poster on the train behind my head!






Then with Colin and at the Herald Office, Hythe:


And on to the Spinnaker Bar Calshot. It was a memorable Day, meeting interesting people along the way.





Sunday 5th August

Back to Bedfordshire and on to the Shuttleworth Collection where so many people stopped by to listen and also share their own fascinating tale.


Finally relaxing and watching the air display with friends and family. A great day was enjoyed by all to complete my ‘Bookiful’ Weekend!!













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1931 – 2011 The Schneider Trophy Commemorated over Calshot

I cannot describe the commemoration flights at Calshot yesterday afternoon better than the BBC. If you follow the link below you will see footage from yesterday’s flights, when sea planes flew over the Solent and landed on the famous spit at Calshot.

You will also see remarkable footage of the famous victory flight in 1931 when Britain won the Schneider Trophy.

BBC Solent


If any photographers would like to share their photos of this event with me and give me permission to use them on my blog, then I will send the person with the best photos a signed copy of Riduna and advertise your work for free! Please send them to dianariduna@yahoo.com

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