It’s a top 10 breeze for Island bus route

The Needles Breezer service has appeared in the Guardian newspaper’s top 10 list of the UK’s best open-topped bus rides.

It said: “This ride heads across Tennyson Down for a vertigo-inducing climb up the road from colourful Alum Bay to the Needles Battery. The Needles – three unmistakable chalk stacks with a lighthouse on the end – are directly below, and the closest views are via a National Trust tunnel through the downs.

“The bus takes a circular route from maritime Yarmouth, stopping at classic landmarks including thatched St Agnes church and the Dimbola gallery, a museum in the house where Victorian photographer Julia Cameron lived and Alfred, Lord Tennyson was a regular guest.”

The Southern Vectis service runs hourly until November 3 with an adult single ticket costing £5 or £10 for a 24 hour pass covering all the Island’s buses. The Guardian article also mentioned the open-top Downs Breezer service.