WALK THE WIGHT

WALK THE WIGHT

With over 500 miles of award-winning public footpaths that criss-cross undiscovered beaches, deserted shorelines, and beautiful countryside there is plenty to explore by foot. Discover ancient woodlands where you can spot red squirrels, wild flowers blanketing meadows bursting with butterflies, and thriving marshlands, estuaries and creeks home to woodpeckers, owls and dragonflies. It is no wonder that the Island hosts the largest walking festival in the UK. This event occurs twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Autumn, with literally hundreds of walks for all ages and abilities.

No matter your level of fitness, ability, accessibility requirements, or ages, our team at the Wellness Hub can point you in the right direction with mapped out walking routes and some top tips.

A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE WALKING ROUTES

We have picked some of our favourite walks and made them available for you to download as PDF's below with thanks to Visit Isle of Wight.

DISCOVER THE RIVER YAR

DISCOVER THE RIVER YAR

Make the most of the warm summer sun and take a leisurely stroll along the estuary of the River Yar. This walk offers two alternative routes as the river splits into two: one continuing along the flat river valley and the other rising up over Afton Down. Both routes will take you to the top of the cliffs at Compton Bay – the perfect place for a picnic as you take in the simply breathtaking surroundings and gaze out to sea and try to spot the suffers catching the waves.

Distance: 5 miles Duration: 2 hours Level of difficulty (1-5): 2-3

Instructions: Click here to view and print directions to take with you to make life simple.

A RAMBLE WITH ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON

A RAMBLE WITH ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON

Start at the Freshwater Bay car park and take an invigorating climb up to the Tennyson Monument, where you can stop for a cup of tea, to take pictures of the beautiful surroundings or for a quick rest break. Then take a relaxing stroll back down and along the base of the Downs to St Agnes church and past Dimbola Lodge to the Bay, following in the footsteps of the Victorian Poet Laureate himself.

Distance: 4 miles Duration: 2.5 hours Level of difficulty (1-5): 2

Instructions: This is a simple to follow walking route from the base of Tennyson Down up to Monument and back with a little exploring around the Freshwater Bay area at the end.

THE HAMSTEAD TRAIL

THE HAMSTEAD TRAIL

Take in the unspoilt West Wight with this walk stretching from north to south. En route you will pass by salt water marshes and ancient burial sites, head over downland and catch glimpses of a fossilised forest at low tide. Starting on the coastal path at Hamstead Cliffs it leads you through some of our most rugged and stunningly picturesque countryside with views across the Island and far out to sea.

Distance: 7 miles Duration: 3 hours Level of difficulty (1-5): 2

Instructions: Click here to view and print directions to take with you to make life simple.

THE NUNWELL TRAIL

THE NUNWELL TRAIL

Gaze across scenic meadows whilst spotting sand martins and our famous red squirrels along the way. Starting in Sandown, this walk encompasses most of the eastern Wight, featuring an unforgettable panoramic view from Brading down – the perfect spot to stop for a picnic and take in the picturesque scenery.

Distance: 8 miles Duration: 3 hours Level of difficulty (1-5): 2-3

Instructions: Click here to view and print directions to take with you to make life simple.

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