GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Yar River Trail

19 miles (31 km)

Follow the Yar River Trail from its source near Niton to Bembridge Harbour.
The walk takes you through the beautiful Isle of Wight countryside and heads through the pretty villages of Godshill, Newchurch and Brading. The trail passes ancient manor houses at Morton and Great Budbridge, and also includes six trail side sculptures by local artist Paul Mason. This is a nice, flat easy waterside walk with plenty to see on the trail.

Yar River Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Yar River Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


In Godshill you can enjoy a pit stop at The Taverners. The ancient inn dates to the 17th century and includes a charming old interior with oak beams, flagstone flooring and open fireplaces. They sell good quality food and also have a garden to sit out in. You can find them at postcode PO38 3HZ for your sat navs. The pub is dog friendly in the bar area. The village is also worth exploring with its thatched cottages and ancient church.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Red Squirrel Trail is a long distance cycle route which uses part of the trail on its way around the island. The Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay Walk, Ryde to Bembridge Coastal Walk and the Bembridge Trail can all be linked to from the route.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Isle of Wight Walks page.


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River Yar. The broad expanse of the River Yar viewed looking south westwards and upstream from the tidal sluice gates at Bembridge Harbour.

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River Yar valley. Viewed looking westwards along Southford Lane with Southford Mill on the right, the River Yar would have flowed in the bottom of this valley at one time, but it has been diverted at some time in the past to flow in a leat behind the mill buildings.

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From the dismantled railway by The Causeway looking across the River Yar to All Saints Church Freshwater

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Kayaks on the River Yar, Isle of Wight Ideal conditions for a gentle paddle on the River Yar, just downstream of the bridge at Freshwater, some two miles from the sea.

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Looking north-east, this is the river as it flows through Brading Marsh.

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By the dismantled railway mudflats of River Yar

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Tidal mill. The cycle path which runs along the disused railway line follows the wall running to the right out of the centre of the picture.

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Photographed from the bridge which carries a bridleway, which runs on the former railway trackbed. The small stream flows into the River Yar, by the right-hand of the four yachts.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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