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Freshwater to Compton Bay

Freshwater to Compton Bay

Isle of Wight Coast Path

Walking

The Isle of Wight is a walker’s paradise, filled with over 500 miles of footpaths across contrasting landscapes and beaches, making it the ideal place for a walking holiday or break.

With a great range of walking routes it is possible to access almost every nook and cranny of the Island on foot, including many of our interesting towns and villages.

This extensive network of footpaths can take you from a gentle meander along rural tree lined paths to longer challenging hikes over open fields and chalk downs. The Isle of Wight’s varied countryside offers fields, forests and woodland, providing the perfect complement to our 64 miles of coastal paths which cover rocky coves, estuaries, and dramatic cliff tops.

Isle of Wight Walking Festival

With so many walks available it’s little wonder that the Isle of Wight Walking Festival, which runs in the Spring and Autumn, is the largest in the UK and Europe. This fantastic event offers an enormous range of walks for all ages and abilities; from gentle ambles with toddlers to fire walks - there’s even a night long cross Island endurance event, and a speed dating walk!

Rambles by Bus

Looking to explore a bit further afield but still stay on foot? There are a range of "Rambles by Bus" that have been developed by the Isle of Wight Ramblers and Southern Vectis on which you can follow an inspiring walk which both start and end on a bus route, so you can pick it up from almost anywhere on the Island. You can view the series of Rambles by Bus in our Online Brochure Library.

Guided Walks

If you’re looking for a guided walk, let us help you find your way; discover our dinosaur heritage with a fossil hunt, spook yourself with a ghost walk or make walking the focus of your holiday with a long trip that takes you from dell to hill top, beach to woodland. You can very often discover the best local wildlife and landscapes with guided Isle of Wight walks.

There’s plenty to see and do on your Isle of Wight walk and there’s usually a cosy café or welcoming pub at the end of your journey. We’ve also got an excellent local bus and train service linking the ferries and hovercraft – so it’s easy to leave the car behind on the mainland and explore on foot.

So lace up your boots and take to the trail, we look forward to seeing you on the path!

If you are looking for walking ideas and inspiration take a look at our extensive list of Isle of Wight walking routes.

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    WEST WIGHT

    Guided Walks on the Isle of Wight with Michele, August 2011. A local professional worldwide tour leader, 20 years of leading experience in over 70 countries.

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    Cowes

    Are you planning a walking or cycling holiday on the Isle of Wight and would like the freedom to explore the footpaths and bridleways whilst discovering the quaint villages and hidden bays around the coastal path.

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    A Wight Walks Holiday is a wonderful way to explore the hidden charms of the Isle of Wight; it's a very flexible holiday starting and finishing on any day of the week to suit your lifestyle. You will be walking from one place to another carrying only a light weight day sack, stopping somewhere...