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Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Hythe - Pier, Train & Ferry

Brockenhurst War Memorial
We had heard about this New Zealand Memorial in the New Forest village of Brockenhurst so felt we had to pay our respects. Brockenhurst provided hospital care for Kiwi soldiers in WW1
and many of the young soldiers died there from their wounds.

Hythe Ferry
We always fancy a little trip whenever we come across them, and this was a real delight, especially as we had no idea it existed. The Hythe Pier is 2100 feet long, and is serviced by an electric train that started on the pier in 1922. So after that vintage ride we boarded the Hythe Ferry for a trip over to Southampton. There has been a ferry service here for centuries, in fact the first written record was in 1575. Our ride was provided by one of the White Horse Ferries and took just 20 minutes to drop us at Southampton, with a much larger ferry passing us and leaving us behind in it's wake. We explored the old Southampton stone walls before our return trip back.

Hythe Pier Electric Train- The Worlds Oldest
The reason for our visit to Hythe was to catch up with jenny's quilting penfriend Rose and her husband Bill. Rose reminded us that we had been corresponding for 11 years now. It was lovely to catch up with them both again.

Bill, Rose & Jenny

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