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

113 km / 70 miles

IoW
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 Catherine’s 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).


Details:

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
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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)
Paperback
Paperback
Booklet
Paperback
Badge & Certificate
Paperback
John Merrill Challenge Walk Reference Book (John Merrill Foundation - 2013)

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Maps:

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
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Walking Support Providers:

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

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