Isle of Wight
Carefree short breaks & holidays
Walkers, Compton Down © IW Tourism
The Isle of Wight is a walking enthusiast's dream brought to life. Magnificent scenery abounds, and you can vary your walks as the mood takes you, either up on higher ground taking in wonderful countryside views, or along the seashore with the delightful sights of the coast.
Being an island, whichever way the wind blows, you can always find a sheltered walk. The Island offers 500 miles of public footpaths.
The Isle of Wight was the first UK county to have all its footpaths and bridleways fully opened, mapped and signposted.
There are several official walking trails to choose from. The longest is the Coastal Path, which at 67 miles long can be walked in four days at a reasonable pace, covering ever-changing and contrasting terrain.
Here is a list of signposted trails. Maps are available from the Island's tourist information points.
Bengal Palace Restaurant, Shide Road, Newport to Bembridge Point (11 miles)
Gasworks Lane, Yarmouth to Compton Bay (5 miles)
Hamstead Cliffs to Brook (7 miles)
Sandown Railway Station to Ryde Railway Station (8 miles)
Carisbrooke Castle to Shepherd's Chine (7 miles)
Bengal Palace Restaurant, Shide Road, Newport to Ventnor Botanic Gardens (10 miles)
Nodgham Lane, Carisbrooke to Alum Bay (14 miles)
Mottistone Down National Trust Car Park, Lynch Lane to Shanklin (13 miles)
Anti-clockwise from West Cowes to East Cowes (67 miles)