In the news on the Isle of Wight right now is the Military Road, a tourist trail of great scenic beauty that takes visitors along the south-west coast of the Island. the trouble is, it’s getting closer and closer to the cliff each year, as the soft cliffs erode away. And now the edge of the cliff is just 90cm from the edge of the roadside… meaning that it won’t be long before the whole thing goes. When it does, there’s so far no intention to replace it, and so that through-route will be lost – although it will still be easy enough to go along the road as far as it goes, from either side. Needless to say that’s causing some local controversy.
The Ranger went down to have a farewell journey along the old road before it finally fell in and took the opportunity to have a closer look than one normally gets when zooming by in a car. Of course, as ever on the Island, it turned out to have a wildlife aspect to it. Continue reading