Isle Of Wight Coastal Footpath

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Isle Of Wight Coastal Footpath

Isle Of Wight Coastal Footpath
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KevinRayment
Welwyn, UK834 contributions
Walked 2/3 of it and enjoyed it but had to stop due to my knee
Oct 2021
I started at Porchfield and went anti-clockwise to Sandown. I planned to complete the walk in 6 days but had to stop after day 4 as I had pain in my knee and I was worried it was not a good idea to push it further. With hindsight, the Wight Mouse Inn at Chale may have been a better starting point as it is right next to the path and the flags make it line a finishing line!

Day 1 Porchfield to Totland - went inland quite a way to avoid the marshy area near Newtown so I didn't see the sea that much, but Yarmouth was very pleasant.

Day 2 Totland to Brighstone - was pleasant due to the view of the needles from Headon Warren and seeing the sea on both sides across Tennyson Down

Day 3 Brighstone to Ventnor - had the frustration of the sign-posting at Shepherds Chine which was awful and caused me to waste a lot of time, but had the benefit of visiting The Wight Mouse Inn.

Day 4 Ventnor to Sandown - had Bonchurch Landslip which was one of the most pleasant parts in terms of the landscape, but had a few diversion paths. Shanklin was also a pleasant part of the day.
Written November 2, 2021
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Jonathan E
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IoW Coastal Path Blackgang to Shanklin
Oct 2021
We walked the Blackgang to Shanklin section of the coastal path last week (October 2021)
Two current closures to be aware of, there are currently no diversion signs to follow:
When you pass Bonchurch Pottery, the Coastal path should turn left before some cottages. The path is closed, we were told to walk further along the seafront (towards Monks Bay) and turn left up a path after the fishing boat. This will take you back to the Coastal path just by Ocean Blue Coastal Retreats.
There is another 80m or so section closed just after this. We had to walk up to Leeson Road and then (after asking a local dog walker) back down to pick up the Coastal path again.
Expect to climb approx 70m up mostly steps up to Leeson Road, although you will get to experience the "Devils Chimney" steps (a very step & narrow path)
The route does has stunning views :)
It took us just under 4 hours of walking (5 hours if you include a splendid Afternoon tea at the Beach Shack cafe in Steephill Cove) to cover this 18km section, total elevation gain was 420m!
Written October 11, 2021
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JudithandPaul2006
Peterborough, United Kingdom64 contributions
Great Walk
Sep 2021
A great walk through various terrain and challenging as a result. It was certainly hillier than we thought and certainly stretched our stamina. We went over four days, but would recommend at least five days. Plenty of good places to eat and drink along the way. Scenery stunning if you get the right weather. Better signposted than some had mentioned, but still room for improvement.
Written October 1, 2021
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK812 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
Wellington, UK390 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, UK600 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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