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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