Isle 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 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).
Publications, Badges and Certificates:
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