GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Quarr Abbey Walks

1 miles (1 km)

This walk visits the historic Quar Abbey, near Fishbourne and Ryde on the northern coast of the Isle of Wight.
The Grade I listed monastery has a fascinating history dating back to the 12th century. It includes a lovely estate where you can enjoy a stroll in delightful natural surroundings. There's well maintained gardens, a wildflower meadow and woodland trails where you can look out for red squirrels and other wildlife.
Look out for the ruins of the old abbey which include the wonderful backdrop of the Solent.
To extend the walk you could pick up the Isle of Wight Coast Path and follow it west to visit the picturesque Wootton Creek. Heading east will take you into Ryde where you could try the popular Ryde to Bembridge Coastal Walk.

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Quarr Abbey OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south there's some peaceful woodland trails at Firestone Copse. The site includes lots of wildlife and views of the picturesque Wootton Bridge Old Mill Pond on its western side. Near here there's also the Isle of Wight Heritage Steam Railway train centre at Havenstreet Station, where†the old trains make their way to join the electrified Ryde-Shanklin line at Smallbrook. The quaint station has been carefully restored to reflect a 1940s British Railways (Southern) style station. There is also a nice cafe and exhibits here. The station is located just a mile south of the woods at postcode PO33 4DS.

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Quarr Abbey c1910 - Project Gutenberg eText 17296

The distance of the Abbey from Ryde is about three miles. It is a favourite walk from Spencer Road, vi‚ The Lovers' Walk, past Binstead Church, through Quarr Wood. This portion is occupied as a farm, but remains of the old Abbey are scattered about, portions still standing to testify its extent and importance. The walk may be continued through the archway on to Fishbourne.

Quarr Abbey - geograph.org.uk - 1801332

Quarr Abbey seat with a view. In the woods the daffodil is plentiful, primroses, lungwort, and the blue iris also abound in their season. The Wood has been very extensively quarried for the limestone, with which Winchester Cathedral and many Churches were built. There are pathways through the Wood down to the shore, forming very pleasing vistas through the overhanging trees.

Quarr Abbey - geograph.org.uk - 1151546

Statue and gardems

Quarr Abbey - geograph.org.uk - 3564810

View over the Solent to the site.

Remains Of Old Quarr Abbey At Quarr Abbey Farm 2

The ruins of the original, ancient Quarr Abbey

Quarr Abbey 2

Outbuilding

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