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.

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