Isle Of Wight Coastal Footpath

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Isle Of Wight Coastal Footpath

Isle Of Wight Coastal Footpath
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK796 contributions
Isle of Wight Coastal Footpath (Niton to Chale)
Aug 2021
Isle of Wight Coastal Footpath (Niton to Chale)
We had planned to walk a section of the Isle of Wight coastal path from Niton to the Isle of Wight Pearl on a Thursday whilst staying on the island. Unfortunately due to an enveloping sea mist reducing the visibility to something like 70 metres, we abandoned at Chale and returned the way we had come.
We started our walk at Barrak Shute in Niton and we found street parking close to where the trail started. The (signposted) path starts up what appears to be a long driveway before branching off into a field. After leaving the field the path follows the cliff top giving good elevated views over the landslip and also of St Catherines lighthouse and there are some nominated viewpoints along the way. Visitors wishing to visit the lighthouse may depart from the coastal path down a long flight of steps.
Continuing on, the walker follows the cliff edge and can gain some fine views initially over the south west coast of the island, then out over the Blackgang theme park and further away the area of coastline showing the extent of coastal erosion in this area though on the day for us, the visibility was becoming limited by the time we reached this point.
A pathway through what looks to be an overflow car park for Blackgang, brings the walker out by the Blackgang roundabout and here you will have to cross the road to find a grass verge to walk along. As the road approaches the outskirts of Chale the path diverts down towards the coast once more emerging roughly opposite St Andrews church in Chale.
With visibility now fading and also a persistent rain beginning to fall we contented ourselves with a look around the church and its burial ground before heading to the ‘Wight Mouse’ public house for a coffee before returning the way we had come back to Niton.
The section that we walked was reasonably well signposted and the path was mostly on well-marked earthen paths. The section from the Blackgang roundabout to the outskirts of Chale village requires the walker to use the grass verges of the road and also crossing the road on several occasions. There are some uphill sections to reach the cliff tops and this was steeper on the return leg when heading towards Niton.
Written August 28, 2021
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Gregory K
Gloucester, UK202 contributions
Bring a guide book with you
Aug 2021
We completed the Coastal Path over eight days. Each side of the island was quite distinctive and well worth the effort. We found the opportunity to jump in the sea during each stage, although some of the walks did require a bit of a detour to reach the water's edge.

Some highlights include the Landslip, the bleakness of the Back of the Wight, the Needles, and the muddy forest walk round Priory Bay.

The biggest problem was the lack of signage. Thankfully we had the excellent guide book from Cicerone. Had we been relying on the posted signs, I fear that we would have frequently gone astray.
Written August 25, 2021
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Alex
London, UK4 contributions
Parts are dangerous
Aug 2021 • Couples
Shanklin to Sandown is amazing! Sandown to Bembridge is good, and to St Helen is ok (mainly road). The Priory Bay part was a nightmare!
That part where you can't walk on the beach and have to climb into the forest - the local government neglects it, and according to locals, there is also a lobby of hotel and apartment owners who want people to stay away as they claim in their ads that beaches are private (they're not).
Priory Bay is dangerous if you take the Coastal Path, and please be careful.

Also, if you had enough in that area: going to the bus stop is another adventure and another danger. The bus stop toward Ryde is hidden in the overgrown bushes behind thorns, and you might be required to stand on the road to wave to the bus.
Written August 12, 2021
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Abi K
London158 contributions
Always worth a walk
Aug 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed the exercise and the views on this historic coastal trail. The island is a really nice place to explore and is already well trodden and accommodating for walkers. Even short pockets of the trail are worth a visit for spectacular views.
Written August 12, 2021
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David J
Ruishton, UK389 contributions
Lovely views, but a little neglected in places
Jul 2021
We had some lovely walks around the coastal path, namely at Freshwater Bay, Niton, Bembridge and Ventnor, and we’re impressed by the lovely views. At times the path can be quite worn and overgrown, or diverts slightly inland (Bembridge area) and you can be faced with long lanes between houses, which are hardly inspiring, but these don’t last too long, and the views when you get them (which is most of the time) are fabulous.
Written July 29, 2021
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christine s
Stourbridge, UK587 contributions
Signage needs a serious update,
Jun 2021
As regular walkers,covering an average of 10-14 miles per day each day for a week we booked to go to the isle of wight and walk part of the coastal path,haveing done lots of long distance uk walks.
So we started at the n.eddles,walking stages as per the walk guide,1st to Yarmouth,then across the path following the solent,salfleet,cowes,bembridge,sandown,,with the bus route as a back up to return daily to our bb.
This has got to be the worst signed walk in the uk,no regular ,where you need them,we met several walkers who said the same,any extra miles incurred due to 3-4 split tracks leading away from the main route.
This needs re signing if the island wants to attract more walkers,however we also found local resistance to encoage walkers,paths blocked,some signs removed,rope paths,field paths blocked at gates.,with r0ad verges un cut forceing walking in roads en route,walking in traffic.
We will complete this walk later in the tear and hope the message of better signage is a priority.
The scenery,ever changeing ,woods,flowers,wild life all make the island a second visit,and walking allows time to view the real Isle of Wight.Stunning.
Written June 14, 2021
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NM_Blr
Bengaluru, India124 contributions
Nice relaxing walk between Sandown to Shanklin
Apr 2021 • Family
We did a coastal walk from Sandown to Shanklin. It was really nice with dedicated walking path and nice view of the sea.
Written May 21, 2021
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Veronica H
Dartford, UK618 contributions
A scenic walk
Oct 2020
Follows a scenic route, though could do with more signage when the route turns inland a bit, especially west of Bembridge. Sadly it's fallen casualty to the general landslip trend of the area, a stretch being closed just before the ascent to Culver Down. Mind you, that directed us on to the beach below, complete with amazing geological interest, e.g. 'limestone pavement' rock formations on the beach and multi-coloured sand in the cliffs.
Written October 18, 2020
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Nick M
Haversham, UK575 contributions
A great walk around the Island. Signage could be improved in places. Cowes to Fishbourne not good.
Sep 2020
A memory walk for my mother in law evoked some great times. Does not compare with SWCP and requires some
more investment, better signage. The stretch from Cowes to Fishbourne is awful because of Osborne House.
Written October 15, 2020
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mrsmuffinmon
Bembridge, UK46 contributions
Bembridge to Whitecliff Bay
Aug 2020
This usually beautiful walk is closed for a while due to landslip. This was a pretty serious landslip affecting the middle and Bembridge areas of the path. Be aware that the path is REALLY dodgy and unless you're very foolhardy, wait till it's fixed.
Written October 15, 2020
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