Isle of Wight Coastal Path

Overview

Trail Details
> Prices from: £ 395.00 per person
> Start / Finish: Ryde
> Distance: 67 miles (108 km)
> Duration: 4 to 7 days according to choice
> Availability: All year round
> Grading: Moderate
> Way-marked

Ridgeway Highlights

  • Magnificent coastal scenery including the spectacular chalk stacks of ‘The Needles’ & the colourful cliffs of Alum Bay
  • Admire the expansive views near Sandown and the chalk cliffs of Culver Down
  • Charming coastal villages, bustling harbours and lively seaside resorts including the Victorian resort of Ventnor
  • Stunning Osborne House, a favourite retreat of Queen Victoria and the most popular attraction on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight situated just 5 miles off the south coast of England is a walker’s paradise with over half of it designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Packed into an island just 23 miles by 13 miles it offers towering white cliffs, historical sites, bustling Victorian seaside resorts and picturesque sleepy villages.

The variety of coastal scenery along this 67 mile trail is amazing; the spectacular chalk stacks of ‘The Needles', the multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay, quiet estuaries, wooded ‘chines' and the most spectacular beaches in the south of England - you will find it never lacks variety.

Beginning in Ryde and following the coast in an anti-clockwise direction the Coastal Path is an exhilarating walk around the island's coastline. Wander through the picturesque towns of Cowes and Yarmouth, thriving yachting ports steeped in maritime heritage. Escape into the wide open spaces of Tennyson Down and along the deserted clifftops of South Wight. The wetlands at Bembridge are an ornithologist’s delight, as the combination of marshland, mud-flats and sands attract a wide variety of birds.

Think of this as rural, quintessential England at its very best, which can still offer challenge and adventure, mixed with great accommodation and fine hospitality. With an enviable sunshine record the downs, cliffs and coastline of this magnificent island make it the perfect destination for a self-guided walking holiday.