Isle of Wight

Carefree short breaks & holidays

A family of cyclists resting at Culver Down © IW Tourism


A couple walking on Compton Down

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.

Bembridge Trail

Bengal Palace Restaurant, Shide Road, Newport to Bembridge Point (11 miles)

Freshwater Way

Gasworks Lane, Yarmouth to Compton Bay (5 miles)

Hamstead Trail

Hamstead Cliffs to Brook (7 miles)

Nunwell Trail

Sandown Railway Station to Ryde Railway Station (8 miles)

Shepherd's Trail

Carisbrooke Castle to Shepherd's Chine (7 miles)

Stenbury Trail

Bengal Palace Restaurant, Shide Road, Newport to Ventnor Botanic Gardens (10 miles)

Tennyson Trail

Nodgham Lane, Carisbrooke to Alum Bay (14 miles)

Worsley Trail

Mottistone Down National Trust Car Park, Lynch Lane to Shanklin (13 miles)

The Coastal Path

Anti-clockwise from West Cowes to East Cowes (67 miles)