Freshwater bay is a breathtaking site with an incomparable outlook on the sea. The elements can be contemplated there in all their awesome power, the waves crash, the air is bracing .
At the very end of the bay are the famous Needles. The cliff breaks away and collapses under the constant pounding of the waves and odd, rocky promontories are sometimes left standing a few metres from the cliff face. The Freshwater Needles are not the rocks known as 'The Needles' but are similar geological configurations; they have been given names: The Arch, The Mermaid and the Stag Rock.
Above Freshwater Bay cliffs, the Downs take your mind back to the Victorian era when Alfred Lord Tennyson, the Poet Laureate, strolled every day, taking the air. Just picture him, wrapped in his ample cloak, his head covered by a big , black broad rimmed hat, seeking inspiration from his muse.
Break,break,break, On thy cold grey stones, O Sea ! And I would that my tongue could utter The thoughts that arise in me. 1842
A walk across the West High Downs takes you to The Needles headland.. This is undoubtedly one of the most stunningly beautiful sceneries in the British Isles. The site has claimed many a sailor's life and is a constant reminder through it's dangerous nature and awesome beauty,of the vulnerability and humbleness of human existance
By far the best way of discovering The Needles is to get closer to them; this can be done by taking a motor launch trip that takes you around The Needles to Alum Bay. From the boat, you will be able to see Neptune's Cave, Bar Cave and Frenchman's Hole, where a fugitive Frenchman hid and starved to death. You will also discover Wedge Rock, Old Pepper Rock and the 200ft Grand Arch, surrounded by a great variety of sea birds.
Back on terra firma, you can recover from your emotions at the Needles Pleasure Park, and spend a little time making your own multicoloured sand creations.
When you visit the glassworks, you can watch craftsmen making beautiful glass objects, from the moment the kaolin mix goes into the kilns to be melted through the very skillful glass blowing process to the fairyland-like display of multicoloured glass objects.
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