How To Get Here: It's Very Easy - Delta is moored on a mooring on the Medina river here on the Isle of Wight which is easily reached by one of four main passenger routes (plus a fifth route for those arriving from the West Country or Dorset - refer to item 5 below):-
1) Travelling by car but not wishing to bring car to the Island, drive to the Hoverport on Southsea seafront, enquiries on line (www.hovertravel.co.uk Tel 01983 811 000) where you can leave your car, inexpensive £5 in 2002 - motor cycles free, compared to leaving cars in a central Portsmouth high rise car park @ £14.00 or in Southampton Red Funnel car park. You phone my mobile giving me your E.T.A. I will collect you from Ryde terminal. Collect Hovercraft return journey time table.
From Portsmouth Harbour Station
2) If travelling by train. From London the quickest route from Waterloo is via Portsmouth Harbour railway station, taking the Wightlink 'FastCat' (on line www.wightlink.co.uk Tel: 0870 582 7744 e-mail email@example.com) hydrofoil passenger service from the end of the platform (14 minutes) to Ryde Pierhead where, if you phone me before boarding the FastCat, he will collect you from the Pierhead. Pick up a return journey FastCat time table from the booking offices to connect with fast trains home.
From Southampton Red Funnel (on line www.redfunnel.co.uk Tel 023 8033 4010)
run two services options 3 and 4 below where you can park but have to pay Red
Funnel car park costs for the weekend.
3) Taking the Red Funnel car ferry to East Cowes, 40 minutes journey, passenger tickets cost less than RedCat Hydrofoil below and avoids walking with hand luggage because you would be met by me at East Cowes Terminal in my white Saab given that I was told earlier in day so I could bring all chilled food and shopping with me, to take you 2 mls.in car, to where the dinghy is kept & row out to Delta.
4) Also from Southampton Hydrofoil Red Funnel's 'RedCat' to West Cowes takes 25 minutes but entails a 500m. walk with your hand luggage. Exit terminal, turn left into High Street, walk down to towards chain ferry, turning left 80m. before chain ferry, onto the pathway leading down to Thetis Wharf Visitors pontoon to where I can bring Delta down to collect you from its up river mooring - given that I am on board and not at home 9mls. away. You must phone me 3 hrs. before arrival if this is your route so I can assure you I can be on board at my mooring to bring Delta down to Thetis Visitors pontoon. I may have other commitments to collect other crew from other terminals so we have liaise as I have to do all crew pick ups.
5) If Coming from Dorset or the West Country:
Wightlink also run the Lymington to Yarmouth ferry service for crew coming from Dorset, Bristol and the west country but this is at the west of the Island and entails you catching a Southern Vectis (Tel 01983 532 373) No:7 bus which run every hour to Newport Bus Station from where you can get a No:2 or No:3 bus to Cowes which run every 15 mins. This entails a 500m. walk in Cowes with hand luggage (see 4 above). This is the least preferred route but for those coming from the west country by car Lymington offers the cheapest place to park your car. There are about 20 free car places on the public road outside the 'pay by the hour' Council car park at the rear of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club where, providing you have warned me 24 hours beforehand I can bring Delta the 15 miles down the west Solent to collect you. Free car parking but you ought to plan to arrive early enough to obtain a car place, not late Friday afternoon by which time all those car spaces maybe filled. When you arrive, reserve your car space, you will find Lymington a lovely place to look around. If it is planned to take Delta down the western Solent and not around Bembridge Ledge on the east of the Island then you will be collected from the R.L.Y.C. pontoon where Delta is not allowed to wait for you. Just stop and pick up quickly so you must be waiting for me on pontoon at the previously agreed time.
The above option only best for those wishing to reduce journey time from westerly direction.
If you bring your car across on this ferry the cost is about £45 return in season incl. all passengers, then you can park your car in the car park near where we go out to the boat & you save the 500m. walk with your hand luggage. This full explanation has only been made to give give you all five options and show how simple it is to get here using options 1 to 4.
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