Walking Guide

Walks on the Isle of Wight

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Experience the great outdoors with some fantastic walks on the Isle of Wight

What better way to explore your surroundings than on foot? Discover the best walking opportunities on the Isle of Wight with our useful walking guide. Find the most picturesque routes and enjoy the best of the scenery the Isle of Wight has to offer.

There are 500 miles of designated footpaths on the Isle of Wight that will take walkers along cliff tops and chalk downs, through charming villages and mysterious forests, or across wetlands and sand dunes. Whether you are looking for a calm stroll or an energising hike, there are walks on the Isle of Wight to suit everyone.

The Isle of Wight Coastal Path is just under 70-miles-long and stretches around the circumference of the sunny island. It takes around 3-7 days to complete the entire path, but many prefer to split the route into smaller, more manageable sections. One example of which would be the Coastal Path Pub Walk, spanning 7 miles and starting in St Lawrence before concluding in Sandown. This picturesque trail passes through the seaside towns of Ventnor and Shanklin (giving plenty of options to stop off at some of the towns’ top-rate pubs), providing panoramic views of the coastline.

Other coastal walks on the Isle of Wight include the Tennyson Trail, starting at Carisbrooke Castle and ending at Alum Bay. The 14-mile trail is dog-friendly, passing through Brightstone Down and Brightstone Forest, with leads only needed for a short period. Beaches are also popular destinations for dog walks on the Isle of Wight, with sandy stretches such as Brook Bay being open to dogs all-year-round.

Once you’re done with your walking for the day, Sykes Holiday Cottages have a great deal of options for cottage stays on the Isle of Wight, including the West Bay Club and Spa, the ideal base for a walking holiday on the island.

  • Combley Great Wood

    Walking around Combley Great Wood is a perfect way to spend a few hours with the family while appreciating the beautiful Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route is roughly 2-miles-long and circles through the stunning woodland, located not too far from the island’s largest town, Ryde.

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  • Compton Bay and Downs

    This 7.5-mile trail follows the coastline along Compton Bay before looping round through the Afton, Brook and Compton Downs. It is a moderate route that usually takes between 3-3.5 hours to complete, and is also dog-friendly.

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    Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight at Sundown

    Isle of Wight Coast Path

    This beautiful 70-mile trail spans the entire circumference of the island, usually taking anywhere between 3-7 days to complete. Most walkers decide to separate this into smaller, more manageable sections that still encompass the beautiful scenery of the area.

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  • Ventnor

    Niton to Sandown

    Starting from the cliffs of Niton, this 9-mile linear walk follows the Isle of Wight Coast Path to the charming town of Sandown. This moderate route will take you through the village of St Lawrence, the Victorian seaside resort of Ventnor, and past the sandy beaches of Shanklin and Sandown.

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  • Sheringham

    Sheringham Park

    This stunning 7-mile walk circles through the beautiful Sheringham Park, taking in spectacular views of the grand Sheringham Hall on the way. It is a moderate trail that varies between parklands, forests, fields and cliff tops as you pass along the Norfolk Coastal Path.

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    Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight at Sundown

    The Tennyson Trail

    This stunning but challenging 14-mile route begins at the historic Carisbrooke Castle and weaves through the beautiful Brightstone Down and Forest, arriving at the coast to spectacular views over Freshwater Bay of the Needles. The last stretch follows the Coastal Path to Tennyson Down before finally reaching the stunning Alum Bay.

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