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Named signs, blue with white gull motifIsle of Wight Coast Path

113 km / 70 miles

The coastal path encircles the island and, with the exception of detours to the west of Thorness Bay and round the Osborne Crown Property at Osborne Bay, stays close to the coast. It is a very varied walk over chalk and sandstone cliffs, through popular holiday resorts and the less crowded inlets, bays, marshes and saltings. Coastal links from north (Cowes) to south (St Catherines Lighthouse) and from east (Bembridge) to the Needles (west) add further route options. The bus service allows it to be split over several days and the route can be joined at many convenient places.

Route details may be downloaded from the website below.

The sections from Ryde to Bembridge and from the Needles to Yarmouth form part of the E9 E-Route, see E-Routes, (E9).

There are seven other trails on the island which are all included on OS mapping and some of which are connecting to the Vectis Trail and the Isle of Wight Coastal Path. These are: Bembridge Trail (12 miles) - Newport (Shide) to Bembridge; Nunwell Trail (10 miles) - Ryde St Johns to Sandown; Hamstead Trail (8 miles) - Brooke Bay to Hamstead Ledge; Shepherds Trail (10 miles) - Carisbrooke to Atherfield; Stenbury Trail (10 miles) - Blackwater to Week Down; Tennyson Trail (15 miles) - Carisbrooke to Alum Bay; Worsley Trail (15 miles) - Shanklin to Brightstone. These trails are covered on the first website below.

A British Walking Federation Permanent Trail No 73, the Isle of Wight Round the Island Trail, starts and finishes at Shanklin Railway Station and is a circumnavigation of the Island following the signed Coastal Path. See weblink below to Amesbury Walkers.

See also E-Routes (E9).


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Named signs, blue with white gull motif Waymark: Named signs, blue with white gull motif
Attributes: Coastal; Downland/Wolds
Start and Finish:
SZ500956 - Cowes, IoW
View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Visit Isle of Wight - Isle of Wight Walking Routes
  Amesbury Walkers - Isle of Wight Permanent Trails
  Contours - Isle of Wight Coast Path

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback: Complete Isle of Wight Coastal Footpath (Challenge Publications - 2011)
Paperback: Isle of Wight North to South & East to West (Challenge Publications - 2002)
Book: Isle of Wight Coast Path (John Merrill Foundation - 1988)
Hardback: Walkers Britain (AA Publishing - 2011)
Booklet: Isle of Wight Coast Path Guide: England in Miniature - 2nd edition (British Footpaths - 2008)
Paperback: Beeches Bars and Blisters of the Isle of Wight (Halsgrove Press - 2009)
Paperback: A Walkers Guide to the Isle of Wight (A Cicerone guide) (Cicerone Press - 1996)
Booklet: Isle of Wight Coastal Path & Inland Trails (Isle of Wight Tourism)
Paperback: Isle of Wight Coastal Path: Notebook (Ottakars - 1993)
Badge & Certificate: Badge & Certificate for Isle of Wight Coast Path (John Merrill Foundation)
Paperback: John Merrill Challenge Walk Reference Book (John Merrill Foundation - 2013)

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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 196
OS Landranger Active: 196
OS Explorer: 2229
OS Explorer Active: 2229

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers: Baggage Handling (Bag Tag)
Support Providers: Baggage Handling (Move My Bag (Isle of Wight ))
Support Providers: Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (The Walking Holiday Company)
Support Providers: Guided and Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Step by Step Walking Holidays)
Support Providers: Guided Walking Holidays (HF Holidays)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Wight Wanders)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Macs Adventure)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Celtic Trails Walking Holidays)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Contours Walking Holidays)

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path Along Path
Self-catering: The Victorian Lodge  (bookable online) < 1 Km 14 Km
B & B Accommodation: The Havelock  (bookable online) < 1 Km 35 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Brighstone YHA, North Street, Brighstone, Isle of Wight 1 Km 61 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Totland Bay YHA, Hurst Hill, Totland Bay, Isle of Wight < 1 Km 79 Km
B & B Accommodation: Sentry Mead  (bookable online) < 1 Km 79 Km
Hotels: Marine House  (bookable online) 5 Km 83 Km
Self-catering: The Summer House  (bookable online) 5 Km 83 Km

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Connected Paths:

E Routes: E-Route 9 Isle of Wight Variant
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Bembridge Trail; Hamstead Trail; Nunwell Trail; Shepherds Trail; Stenbury Trail; Tennyson Trail; Worsley Trail; Yar River Trail
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Other Paths: Vectis Trail
Anytime Challenges: Cross Wight Traverse


GPS Exchange Format Route File: Isle of Wight Coast Path GPX Exchange Format Route File Login to Download
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MemoryMap Route file: Isle of Wight Coast Path Memory Map Route File Login to Download
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Tracklogs Route file: IOW Coastal Path Tracklogs Route file Login to Download
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Route Profile:

110.6 Km (68.7 miles)
2,077 m (6,814 ft) ascent
165 m (541 ft)  maximum height