Yar River Trail
31 km / 19 miles
The variety of longer walking routes on the Isle of Wight was extended in 2002 by the launch of the Yar River Trail: its theme is to follow the island’s longest river across the south east of the island from its source, a spring near Niton, to the sea at Bembridge harbour.
This is the Eastern Yar, the subject of a river restoration programme, that flows from Niton, not far from the south coast, to Bembridge harbour on the eastern edge of the island; the Isle’s other Yar, the Western Yar, meets the sea at Yarmouth. The Trail is waymarked and also features stone-carved milestones and six sculptures by local artist Paul Mason. It uses a variety of surfaces – mainly paths and the course of a dismantled railway. Alverstone, Newchurch, Godshill and Whitwell are passed en route.
A taster of the booklet listed is available on the weblink below as a free download. There are a number of shorter linking trails that are described with leaflets and downloads, including the Godshill Trail, a 4-mile separately way marked route.
Links from the main Trail could be made with the well-known Coast Path, and with the Bembridge Trail, that form a part of an E9 (European route) variant. There are links or coincident sections with other trails on the island: Nunwell and Worsley. The connecting waymarked Godshill Trail (4 miles) visits varied countryside around picturesque Godshill.
Publications, Badges and Certificates:
You can use the interactive controls to zoom in and out and to move around the map, or click on a path or a marker for more info.(interactive map help)