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“Superb Scenery”

Ranked #32 of 189 things to do in Isle of Wight
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Walked the 'Wight' (the coastal path) at the end of June with 4 friends. There are some excellent and beautiful scenic areas, especially leading to Bembridge and The Needles. There were a number of path detours following the bad weather earlier in the year and the subsequent landslips. Some of the route is quite a way inland and parts were on tarmac roads and through built up areas. None the less we had a most enjoyable week and only had the rain gear on for one VERY brief downpour!

3  Thank davenottinghamGB
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

A lovely self catering cottage in beautiful surroundings near all local attractions Highly recommend

2  Thank 1940BLOSSOM
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

I have been wanting to complete this walk for many years as I am from the island. My wife and I walked the Isle of wight over 4 days at the end of May 2014. We started our walk late and after arriving in Ryde. We walked to Wootton and camped at Kites Farm camping site as it was getting late. Carrying our rucksacks the next day we walked anti clockwise around the island towards Cowes, crossing at the chain bridge. We continued to Colwell, just past Yarmouth and camped at Heathfield Farm campsite. This was a hard slog following the coastal path which is well marked by the blue signs. The only part that I did not like was at Gurnard where there is a short track between houses which is blocked off. There is a planning notice by Mr and Mrs SMITH who for some reason have prevented anyone from using this small stretch of path, which means you have to go a distance out of your way to get back on track. This route takes you through not so well maintained track and when wet is very muddy, so hope the SMITHS sort this out. This part of the walk I found was boring and i did not enjoy.

From Colwell we took the coastal route towards the needles and along Tennyson Down and past the monument. The route here is nice and other than the slopping landscape it is very nice to walk, with good views. what is nice is that you can see where you have come from and also where you are walking towards.

Once you leave Freshwater Bay you start to enter the steep and narrow path. Once past the white cliffs you then walk along the coastal path, but a lot of it is gone or falling into the sea. You need to watch your way along her as we gave up and walked through farmers fields or went onto the Military Road for short distances, before rejoining the coastal path.

If backpacking you may want to stop at grange Farm campsite as there is a chance of buying food here and close to the local village. We continued onto the next campsite at Chine Farm, which has showers, toilets, but no local shops and taxi's will not come here. pleasant place to stay, quiet and clean.

The next part of the coastal route is similar to the last section with parts of it falling or fallen into the sea. We chose to walk from her on the Military road which was not busy at 08.00 hours towards Blackgang Chine and had breakfast in the very nice tearoom there, before walking towards Ventnor. As you leave Blackgang Chine there is a track through the car park which leads up a steep stepped track, but once at the top the view is nice. Past St Catherine's Lighthouse, through fields looking down over the sea. The views are nice and the landscape continues to go up and down.

On entering Ventnor there have been some landslips and part of the route is not passable, but the coastal path is signposted with maps informing you of any changes. We walked along the main road and passed Ventnor cricket ground and took the road at the rear of the ground that takes you to Steephill Cove. There are toilets here and the cove is so nice and you can get something to eat and drink. Once you leave the Cove there are two high points to walk before getting into Ventnor.

Once you pass through Ventnor onto Shankling the coastal path takes you through a wooded part tha seems to take forever. There is not much to see as most of the time is spent in the trees and up and down a lot of slops. You eventually come out of the trees and then Shankling comes into view, but it is down hill along a road which seems to go on forever, when you are carrying 2 stone on your back. We stopped at Shankling after a few drinks on the beach front and stayed at Lower Hyde Holiday Park, which was the most expensive campsite at £19.00 for the night.

The following morning it was back to the coastal path along the beach front towards Sandown. Once you get up to the Zoo the coastal path then climbs up hill Culver Down and Bembridge. At the top is a small shop / eating area and a pub. Walk past the monument and follow the coastal path signs. There was then a lack of signs, but when you see the caravan site at the bottom of the hill take this track down hill and you will be okay. The Coastal path does get a bit boring here and there is a diversion, well signposted. Once you get out onto the beach just follow the coast round past the lifeboat house and into Bembridge. There is a cafe here and a sea food cafe along the road, before crossing the causeway and Nodes Point Holiday Park along the track behind it. You come into Seaview and there are toilets here, before turning up a small path and walking through Seaview. Continue along the coastal path towards Puckpool and it is here you see Ryde Pier in the distance. The Boat House pub is a great place to stop and have a good selection of food and wine. It is one level path along the sea front from now on to Ryde and a stop at Ryde Castle for another drink

This is a hard but enjoyable walk, which you need to be wearing correct footwear and willing to tackle hills along the way. The only part I did not enjoy was Wootton to Colwell as I could have not walked such a distance in one day, which was hard, but it is the least enjoyable part of the coastal path. So glad I have done it and will do it again.

5  Thank stephen m
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We walked along this path between Seaview and Bembridge. It was not a coastal path for a majority of the length. We hardly saw the sea and spent most of the journey between high garden fences down unmade roads. No views to be seen. Not really a pleasant walk. I was going to give it 2/5, but now as I type and remember what it was like and how we all felt, its lucky to get 1/5. Avoid this section.

3  Thank GlyderFawr
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Spent 3 months walking the Island retracing boyhood adventures from urban to rural.
All signposted and mainly easy access. Just be aware that four seasons can happen in one day so suitable clothing and shoes advisable
IOW just a magical place, just do it!

2  Thank 2TravellingEast
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