SOLENT SAILING SCENES | Second Edition
19 June 2018
- Once you are clear of the Harbour Entrance you are in the Solent, approximately 20 miles long and between 1 and 5 miles wide. In Roman times the Solent was much narrower with it believed to have been possible at low tide to walk between the mainland and the Isle of Wight. Imagine that!
- Beside the Isle of Wight one of the first things you may notice are the four circular Forts. They are collectively names Solent Forts. Built in the mid-19th century by then Prime Minister Lord Palmerston to guard against a perceived French threat, due to the threat being over by the time they were finished they were nicknamed ‘Palmerston’s Follies’
- The three larger ones, Spitbank, Horse Sand and No Man’s Land are all owned by Amazing Venues. Spitbank was made into a boutique 8 suite luxury hotel with and opened in 2012. In 2015 the No Man’s Land also opened its doors as a hotel with 23 bedrooms. Horse Sand Fort has been preserved as a living museum but currently not open to the public.
- St Helens Fort is privately owned and not open to the public. However four times a year the tide is low enough that you can walk across the causeway to the Fort and is a popular summer event with shore side BBQs!