66b – Gosport to Stokes Bay

We bumped into an old friend at Gosport Marina – look!  It’s ML1387 Medusa!  We last saw her almost 6 months ago sailing down Chichester Harbour.  Hello, old friend!

ML1387 Medusa in Gosport Marina

In another part of the harbour we saw HMS Alliance.  Well, we almost saw HMS Alliance; she was strategically tucked away behind a web of masts.  Submarines are supposed to be stealthy, and this one was no exception. If you wanted a closer look (and we really did) you needed to go into the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.  For those who did not have time (and we really didn’t) she remained tantalisingly out of reach.  Can you see her?

HMS Alliance

We continued on, along a rather tedious road-walk, until we got back to the coast at Fort Gilkicker on Gosport’s southern tip.  Fort Gilkicker was one of the Palmerston Forts, and so never saw any action.  Like other Palmerston Forts, it served a defensive purpose during both World Wars.  It is today a Listed Building and Scheduled Ancient Monument and is awaiting conversion into 22 luxury 3-storey houses.

 Fort Gilkicker

As we rounded the far side of the fort we found evidence of an incursion.  These are not uncommon on such structures and for a minute I was tempted to crawl in and explore, however, I was lacking a torch.  I did have an idea on how to overcome that problem:  my wife has sparkling blue eyes, full of radiance, which would have lit the way as surely as a juggernaut on a midnight motorway.  I turned to speak to her about my idea, but she was staring at me, obviously having guessed my intent.  Like a bunny in her headlamps I froze for a moment too long and the idea was squashed flat.

Incursion at Fort Gilkicker

We continued on, taking a last look back at the Solent Forts which could now be seen standing guard in a line.

Solent Forts

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

  • Gosport Marina:  N 50° 47.550 W 001° 07.000
  • Fort Gilkicker:  N 50° 46.440 W 001° 08.450

Walk #66 Statistics (of which this post forms the second part):

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4 Responses to 66b – Gosport to Stokes Bay

  1. Jill says:

    “…my wife has sparkling blue eyes, full of radiance, which would have lit the way as surely as a juggernaut on a midnight motorway.”

    Such a charmer you are lol!

  2. john says:

    Yeah, there are a few bits of annoying road walk, but worry not you are fast approaching some fantastic coastline.
    Here’s to plenty of fine weather.
    Cheers J.P.

    • Wingclipped says:

      Yes! We reached Southampton yesterday and saw our first pine trees which (to us at least because I used to live there for a short while) means we are getting close to Bournemouth. We can almost smell the good pieces of coast to come!

  3. Jody says:

    Love the boat shots! And I’m more sure (with every new post) that I’d get along quite well with your radiant wife!

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