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Blue logo based on letters YAR; stone mile posts/six sculpturesYar River Trail

31 km / 19 miles

Isle of Wight
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.


Path Type
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Waymark: Blue logo based on letters YAR; stone mile posts/six sculptures
Blue logo based on letters YAR; stone mile posts/six sculptures
Easy; Former Railway; River; Sculpture/Art
SZ503766 - Source of Yar, Niton, Isle of Wight
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SZ636892 - Bembridge Harbour, Isle of Wight
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Yar River Trail (Island 2000 Trust - 2002)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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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)
A-Z Adventure Atlas
Isle of Wight Adventure Atlas (Geographers' A-Z Map Company - 2015)

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Snowdon House  (bookable online)
4 Km
20 Km
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The Havelock  (bookable online)
4 Km
20 Km
4 Km
20 Km
The Victorian Lodge  (bookable online)
4 Km
30 Km

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Route Profile:

31.5 Km (19.6 miles)
298 m (978 ft) ascent
116 m (381 ft)  maximum height