Walking Routes in Isle of Wight

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 Isle of Wight Walks
Route NamePicDistanceDescription
Bembridge Trail12 miles (19 km)This trail runs from Newport to Bembridge via the lovely village of Brading. Highlights include splendid views of Arreton and Brading Downs and a pleasant stretch along the River Yar. The trail finishes at the attractive Bembridge Harbour.
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Hamstead Trail8 miles (13 km)Cross the western end of the Isle of Wight from north to south, and enjoy spectacular coastal views on this splendid trail.
The trail starts at Hamstead Point on the northern coast, and climbs towards Shalcombe Down, passing Cranmore and Wellow on the way. This first section passes through woodland, near Cranmore, where red squirrels are often spotted.
As the path climbs through Wellow and Shalcombe Down you will enjoy fabulous views of the Isle of Wight coastline, including the Needles and St Catherines Point. The walk finishes descending to Brook Bay on the southern coast of the island.
Isle of Wight Coast Path70 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.
From the Needles you head east towards St Catherine's point, passing 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 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as 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.
Nunwell Trail7 miles (12 km)This walk crosses the island from Sandown to Ryde, passing water meadows and crossing the chalk downland that runs the length of the island.
The walk starts at Sandown station and heads north through Brading Down where there are magnificent views of East Wight and the Solent. You may also see the Isle of Wight Steam Railway on the way as it crosses the trail near Smallbrook. Nature lovers should look out for Sand Martins, Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers using the nature hide on the route.
The walk finishes just outside Ryde at St John's railway station, though you can easily continue into Ryde.
Sheperds Trail8 miles (13 km)This walk starts at the beautiful Shepherd's Chine, on the south coast of the island, and heads to Newport via Whitcombe Cross, Gatcombe, Chillerton, Billingham and Kingston. There are splendid views of the island as you climb the chalk hills on the south west corner. The walk finishes at the splendid Carisbrooke Castle where Charles I was imprisoned. You can enjoy the new Princess Beatrice Garden and the tranquil chapel at this fine historical attraction. Use google street view below to explore the castle.
Stenbury Trail10 miles (16 km)This trail follows bridleways along the river valley from Newport, passing Appuldurcombe, Stenbury and Week Downs before finishing at the delightful Ventnor botanic gardens on the coast. The walk involves a decent climb but you are rewarded with fabulous views of the island and coast.
Highlights include the thatched cottages in the pretty village of Godshill and the English Heritage owned Appuldurcombe House.
Tennyson Trail14 miles (23 km)This walk runs from Newport to Alum Bay via Brighstone and Freshwater.
The walk starts at Carisbrooke, near the fascinating Carisbrooke Castle where Charles I was imprisoned. You can enjoy the new Princess Beatrice Garden and the tranquil chapel at this fine historical attraction. Use google street view below to explore the castle.
You then head through the beautiful Brighstone Down and Brighstone Forest before arriving at the coast where there are splendid views over Freshwater towards Alum Bay and the Needles.
The final section takes you through the coastal Freshwater Bay Golf course and then through Tennyson down before finishing at the delightful Alum Bay. This is quite a challenging walk with several climbs through the downs, but there are terrific views of the island to enjoy throughout.
Worsley Trail15 miles (24 km)This walk runs from Brightstone Down through Godshill and on to Shanklin.
You start of at the car park at Brightstone Down and head towards the pretty of Godshill via Chillerton Down and Shorwell. Godshill is a picturesque village by the River Yar, with a model village and Natural History Museum to enjoy.
The walk continues through Appuldurcombe Down and English Heritage owned Appuldurcombe House which boasts a delightful Owl and Falconry centre. The walk finishes by passing through Wroxhall and then arrives at the pretty coastal village of Shanklin.
Yar River Trail19 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 passes 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.




 Isle of Wight Walking Links
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