Spent a great morning at the Needles in fantastic weather. Caught the Needles Breezer bus (from the tackily horrible Needles Amusement park where we were obliged to cough up £4 to park) but at least it was a half-price fare ride for National Trust Members. TIP: if you are younger and more able than us, walk all the way along the Downs from Freshwater Bay OR do the half walk by parking (free for NT members) in the Quarry Car Park (turn up left at the Highdown Inn off the approach road from Freshwater Bay.)
We enjoyed the views and commentary from the top deck, got off at the upper (New Battery) to visit the exhibition (free) on the rocket program, see the test site and admire the distant views of the Needles themselves from a (less scary than I had anticipated) viewpoint.)
Then walked downhill to the Old Battery. Other have commented that they fiound the £4.40 admission charge (2014) steep and I can see the point. We were glad we have a reciprocal membership arrangement and so got in free because the exhibition in the surviving parts of the 19th century fort is very interesting and the views are just stunning, especially from the tunnel (narrow, awkward staircase if you are not great on your feet but worth it.)
BIG PLUS NT, dogs are welcome (on leads of course but would any sensible owner do OTHERWISE on top of a 400' cliff?
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