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Anton, and part of the New Forest form the prospect to the north, while on the south a very imposing view of the town of Cowes, its elegant villas, its handsome houses, its neat cottages, and its ancient castle, with the Medina rolling along its busy and fertile banks, and bounded in the distant vision by the towering summit of St Catherines, render this a very delightful part of the voyage.
Leaving Cowes, we pass Old Castle Point, adorned with Norris Castle, the beautiful seat of the late Lord Henry Seymour. Sailing a little farther eastward we catch a view of Osborne House; a finely wooded shore meets the eye, and at length we pass King's Quay. At a distance is seen Fernhill, and Wootton Church and Farm
We now pass Fishbourne; this retired little village, along whose beautifully wooded banks the river Wootton winds its course, is just seen at a distance; while its shores seem enlivened by the view of vessels and the faint sound of the mechanic employed in the labour of ship building. Soon after this we pass Quarr wood, in the bosom of which stand the remains of its ancient abbey. The eye soon after falls on the parsonage at Binstead, and the marine villa of John Fleming, Esq. We then pass the fine mansion of George Player, Esq.; and on the opposite shore, in Stoke's Bay, is seen the beautiful watering place, called Anglesea; and at length, having reached the Pier, we enter the lovely town of Ryde.