GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Isle of Wight Coast Path

70 miles (113 km)

Explore the stunning coastline of this beautiful island on this circular walk.
The walk begins at Cowes and passes the lovely Gurnard and Thorness Bays before coming to Newton, with its delightful wildlife Nature Reserve. You continue along the Newton River estuary, passing Newton Bay on your way to the popular town of Yarmouth where the ferry arrives from Lymington. Here you will cross the river Yar and pass the castle before coming to the village of Freshwater.
The path then leads you to the south west tip of the island where you will pass the beautiful Alum Bay and the famous Needles rocks. The Needles park is one of the most popular attractions on the island and includes a chairlift which gives fabulous views of the Needles Rocks and Lighthouse. There's also the old National Trust owned batteries to see here.
From the Needles you head east towards St Catherine's point, passing Tennyson Down, Freshwater, Brighstone and Chale Bay.
After rounding St Catherine's point (the southernmost point of the island) and lighthouse you pass a series of pretty bays and coves on your way to the popular seaside resort at Ventnor.
The path then visits two more lovely seaside resorts at Shanklin and Sandown. Shanklin has a picturesque old town and a pretty esplanade with a number of hotels and restaurants. Sandown Bay is also attractive with a popular stretch of golden sand and the interesting Victorian town to explore.
You then round the chalk down at Culver Down, before passing Bembridge with its pretty harbour, bays and beaches. Next stop is the seaside resort at Ryde with beaches and the esplanade to enjoy.
The final section takes you from Ryde to Cowes, crossing Wooton creek and passing Osborne House. The house was built between 1845 and 1851 forQueen VictoriaandPrince Albertas a summer home and boasts stunning gardens, state rooms and galleries.
Soon after you cross the river Medina and arrive at the finish point at Cowes harbour.

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Isle of Wight Coast Path OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Isle of Wight Coast Path Pubs/Cafes

At the western end of the route you will find the old batteries next to the Needles. Here there's a nice National Trust tea room which is a great place to stop off for some refreshments. The tea room is in an attractive vintage style transporting you back to the 1940s. There's excellent views over the area as the tea-room is located in the Port WarSignal Station that was specifically built to give the clearest, closest views of shipping in the Solent and around the Needles.

Isle of Wight Coast Path Dog Walking

Most of the path is great for a dog walk and the Old Batteries tea room mentioned above has a dog friendly seating area.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas on the island see the Isle of Wight Walks page.

Photos

Isle of Wight Coastal Path at Brighstone Bay - geograph.org.uk - 314917

Isle of Wight Coastal Path at Brighstone Bay

Coast path on West High Down - geograph.org.uk - 697153

Coast path on West High Down. Tennyson Down and the associated monument in the distance. The famous poet used to live at nearby Farringford House. The chalk hill of Tennyson Down was part of the Farringford Estate and Tennyson would walk this hill daily. His son subsequently left the downland to the National Trust. In 1897 a Celtic cross was erected to Tennyson's memory. The inscription on the far side reads:
"IN MEMORY OF ALFRED LORD TENNYSON THIS CROSS IS RAISED A BEACON TO SAILORS BY THE PEOPLE OF FRESHWATER & OTHER FRIENDS IN ENGLAND AND AMERICA"
It is situated on the highest point of the downs, nearly 150 metres above sea level.

Cowes Marina - geograph.org.uk - 228721

Cowes Marina

Freshwater Bay - geograph.org.uk - 14937

Freshwater Bay. Looking along the beach from the terrace of the Albion Hotel. The bay sits at the western end of the region known as theBack of the Wightor the West Wight which is a popular tourist area. It is banked by some impressive steepchalkcliffs. The village is also noteworthy as the birthplace ofphysicistRobert Hookewho, using a microscope, was the first to visualize a microorganism. It is also notable as the home ofPoet LaureateAlfred Lord Tennyson. He was thePoet Laureateduring much ofQueen Victoria's reign and wrote the famous poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade".

Yarmouth Castle, Isle of Wight - geograph.org.uk - 1720438

Yarmouth Castle. This artillery fort was built by Henry VIII in 1547 to protect Yarmouth Harbour from the threat of French attack.These days it's a lovely spot to enjoy a picnic and enjoy fine views across the Solent.

Alum Bay - geograph.org.uk - 1050655

Alum Bay. Looking across Alum Bay to Alum Chine. The bay is near the westernmost point of theIsle of Wight, England, within close sight ofthe Needlesrock formation.The area is part of the NeedlesMarine Conservation Zoneand the shore and heath above are part of the Headon Warren and West High DownSite of Special Scientific Interest

The Needles - geograph.org.uk - 1050642

The Needles. Looking out from the Old Battery across the searchlight emplacement to The Needles. Thisrow of threestacksofchalkrise about 30m out of the sea off the western extremity of the island. TheNeedles Lighthousestands at the western end of the formation and was built in 1859. These unusual stacks were featured on theBBC TwoTV programmeSeven Natural Wonders(2005) as one of the wonders ofSouthern England. They take their name from a fourth needle-shaped pillar calledLot's Wife, which collapsed in a storm in 1764. Although the remaining three stacks do not resemble a needle the name has stuck.

Sandown Pier - geograph.org.uk - 52678

Sandown Pier. Sandown has an easily accessible, sandy shoreline with beaches that run continuously from the cliffs at Battery Gardens in the south to Yaverland in the north. Sandown Bay is home to one of the longest unbroken beaches in the British Isles.

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