64a – The Spinnaker Tower Part I

On the morning of our 64th walk we decided to depart from routine.  We intended to start at Hayling Island, get the ferry across to Portsmouth and then walk to the Spinnaker Tower.  However, we also wanted to visit the Spinnaker Tower for its views, so bought tickets online for a morning slot and decided to go there first.  We would then drive back to the start our walk.

We could not have asked for better weather!  The sun was so bright that nobody could manage to keep their eyes open for a photo!

Bright Sun at the Spinnaker Tower

The Spinnaker Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.  There are 40 in total; we had already visited two of them (the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Fernsehturm in Berlin).  We were today going to add one more to that total.

To become a member of the World Federation of Great Towers a tower has to satisfy four criteria.  The first, quite obviously, is that it must be a tower.  In addition it must be a notable tourist attraction; it must have an observation deck open to the public; and it must have unique attributes, such as height, historic significance or unique features.

At 170 metres (558 feet) the Spinnaker Tower is not the tallest of towers.  It is, however, very unique and architecturally impressive.  Completed in 2005, it stands on 84 piles driven into the seabed, the longest of which is 49.5 metres deep

The Spinnaker Tower Triptych

Its sleek lines demand awe from just about every angle.

The Spinnaker Tower

The design is based on a spinnaker, a three-cornered light sail which is usually set forward of the mast of a yacht.  On this morning, with its brilliant white curves against an equally brilliant blue sky, the Spinnaker Tower was a truly beautiful building.  We were impressed.  And we hadn’t even been up to the viewing platform yet!

Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):

  • The Spinnaker Tower:  N 50° 47.735 W 001° 06.510

Walk #64 Statistics (of which this post forms the pre-walk part):

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5 Responses to 64a – The Spinnaker Tower Part I

  1. Jill says:

    I never knew about the list of towers – I’ve been to four of them!
    See? I learn something new every day – thanks 🙂

    • Wingclipped says:

      We are going to try to get round a few more of them but a fair few are spread around China and the rest of the world so it will take a while to bag all 40!

      • Jill says:

        There’s no way I would ever be able to get all 40… I see only one more on the
        list that I would ever have a chance of visiting Lol!

  2. Very elegant structure on a lovely day. I’ve heard of Munro baggers and Geocache baggers… but never Great Tower baggers. Never too old to start… probably. RH

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