You get on the bus in Yarmouth, if able climb up to the top of the open topped bus and set off. The bus sways and crashes through overhanging branches; it's quite safe but exhilarating. This is a hop on hop off bus which would let you get off at Alum Bay and other Island attractions but we didn't and just went to the Needles. The bus can go where cars can't, and climbs high up on the Downs. There is a sheer drop one side and the bus sways a bit, but the drivers know what they are doing and it's quite safe. At the top you alight and can do several things: walk down a well kept path to an excellent viewpoint over the Needles. I am somewhat disabled but I managed well with the steps and good handrails. There are two rocket launching sites to see ( somewhat surprising) and two wartime batteries, one needing a steepish downhill walk. There is wind, good wildflowers, fabulous views, birds - it's a long way from the pier at Ryde or the busy beach at Shanklin, just nature at its most impressive. You can buy a sandwich and a drink but it's all quite simple and laid back. We loved it and will go again.
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