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Hamstead Trail

13 km / 8 miles

Isle of Wight
This trail crosses the west of the Island from North to South, starting on the low coastal plain just to the west of Newtown Creek. The first section is wooded and a home of the Island's famous Red Squirrels. The first half of this trail crosses the low open countryside of the northern plain but then, after crossing the main Newport - Freshwater road, the trail climbs onto Shalcombe, then Brook Downs. From here are spectacular views of the south west corner of the Island, from the Needles in the west to St Catherines Point at the southern tip. Look for the ancient burial mounds know as Five Barrows on the top of Brook Down. The trail then drops to the southern coast by Brook Chine.


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Easy; Downland/Wolds
SZ405921 - Hamstead Point., Isle of Wight
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SZ384835 - Brook Bay, Isle of Wight
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

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Hamstead Trail (Visit Isle of Wight - 2007)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
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Isle of Wight Walker's Map (Heritage House - 2016)
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Isle of Wight Adventure Atlas (Geographers' A-Z Map Company - 2015)

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Glamping The Wight Way  (bookable online)
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Route Profile:

12.4 Km (7.7 miles)
222 m (728 ft) ascent
143 m (469 ft)  maximum height