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“Unexpectedly varied terrain.”

Ranked #56 of 187 things to do in Isle of Wight
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

You need good boots or walking shoes for most of the coastal path. Don't be fooled by the fact you might have joined the path in an urban setting. Outside the towns and villages, the path can be steep, fairly exposed, or quite muddy.

That said, it offers fantastic walks for ramblers and, apart from those sections which skirt around modern housing estates and holiday villages, something for everyone who enjoys the great outdoors.

Those sections which wind their way through or around the steep Chines are particularly enjoyable. The sections western side near The Needles are very enjoyable other than the crowded areas around the coach parks and tourist honey pots at Alum Bay. However, the view of the bay, the Hampshire and Dorset coasts and the Needles make this price worth paying.

If you're based in one place, a great way to access the coastal path is using the bus service. Southern Vectis sells good value rover tickets which facilitate linear walks. A timetable is a handy addition to your pack but, on most routes, the frequency means it is not absolutely essential.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

Wonderful landscapes! very quiet place... We went there in winter so we couldn't find many attractions opened...but we really enjoyed the see sight ...

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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We always go for nice long walks when in the IOW a lot of which are on parts of the costal paths. We always enjoy the views and varied terrain. Be careful of the edges of some parts as this winters storm damage has left its mark.

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Both walks were so much fun. We are inspired to do the whole island some day.

Shanklin/Sanddown -Be sure to walk on the beach one way and the cliffs the other for different experiences. Great ice cream at Blueberry Cafe on the cliff walk. Both are easy. We did it with boys ages 8 and 6.

Ventnor/Steephill Cove is about 20 minutes one way. Great fish/crab at the cove. Shame they lost all their sandy beach in the 2014 winter storms.

2  Thank American-in-LondonUK
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Lovely place for walks... you will enjoy it if you love walking.. it is well signposted... the portion between Sandown and Shanklin -- you could walk along the beach over flat land or do the little more strenuous coastal path along the cliff for breathtaking views.
We also walked 6 miles between Needles and Freshwater going past the Tennyson Down.... simply superb views... rolling meadows, gentle see breeze and blue sea stretching to the horizon... best part of Isle of Wight trip.

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