The Cake Walk – Isle of Wight Part 3

Published June 27, 2012 by Daisy Cake Company

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Today we walked from Bonchurch to Shanklin, and then ate huge chunks of homemade cake – yummy!!

The Bonchurch to Shanklin Coastal Path is one we’ve walked a few times. It’s not a long walk, it’s not an easy walk, but it’s a beautiful one. It starts at the small beach at Bonchurch and climbs steeply along the coast. It is a walk with variety and much of it is beneath a heavy covering of trees. This morning the weather was misty but warm, so it felt like we could have been trekking through a tropical rainforest – well what I imagine a rain forest to feel like.

Mid way through the walk, there is a small shed at the bottom of someones garden which, when open, serves refreshments. Sadly we were a bit early today, but we did come across a table of wares from ‘The Jam Man’. It was literally just a table with a cash box, pricelist and about 10 different varieties of jam piled up. Never one to miss a retail opportunity involving  baking ingredients scrummy homemade food, we left with a jar of Lemon Marmalade and a jar of Raspberry Jam which appeared to be more seed than jam. Can’t wait to get home and bake a Lemon Marmalade Cake!!

At the end of the walk is Shanklin, and the first place you come to is the beautiful Rhylstone Gardens.

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The gardens are immaculately kept, and often have open air music in evenings. Best of all they have a Mini Golf Course and a small cafe – today’s Tea Room!!

Of course after a tricky walk, we had to indulge. All the cakes were home baked, rustic and delicious! The size of the slices were hearty and actually meant I had trouble eating lunch today. I had the cherry cake, the hubster coffee and walnut, and my Mother-in-law had a double chocolate chip cookie.

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Shanklin is a busy little village, with many tourist tea-rooms, but if you ever get the chance, the Rhylsetone Garden Cafe is well worth a visit. It’s away from the hustle and bustle and the cakes are proper homemade grub!!

Tomorrow, the plan is Freshwater…….can’t wait!

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