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Follow the footsteps to beautiful Quarr

The renowned Isle of Wight Walking Festival enjoyed its 21st birthday this year – with many of our walkers travelling from far across the globe to celebrate with us.

Visit Isle of Wight’s Travel Ambassador team led two groups of walkers from Ryde to Quarr Abbey during the festival. The idea behind the 2.5mile route was to show our guests how easy (and safe!) it is to arrive on the Island as a foot passenger and walk to one of the Island’s most popular tourist attractions.

Read on to follow the footsteps of the team…

Start at Ryde Esplanade where you can disembark Wightlink’s Fast Cat from Portsmouth, the hovercraft from Southsea or, if you’re already on the Island, the bus from another town.

Make your way west through the bus station and follow the path around the seafront before heading up the hill and into Spencer Road. The residential area is beautifully kept and leads to a gravel track where you cross over to Ryde golf club. Following signs for the coastal path, head down the tree-lined Ladies Walk footpath which divides the golf club green in two.

“This walk was just perfect for me; not too long and not too short. I hope to do it all again next year if possible.” June, Nottinghamshire

The route then passes Holy Cross Church in Binstead. Steeped in history, this pretty little church dates back to at least the 13th Century. When you’ve absorbed enough history, follow Church Road round the bend very briefly until you find yourself back on the coastal path of Quarr Road. Head straight up the road and you’ll pass the abbey ruins before the stunning architecture of Quarr Abbey appears behind the trees.

“A lovely, easy-going walk from Ryde to Quarr Abbey. Feeding the free-range pigs at Quarr Abbey with a bag of food from the farm shop was a fun experience.” Sue, Cambridgeshire.

As well as being one of the most serene tourist attractions on the Island, Quarr Abbey welcomes visitors to join tours or enjoy some light refreshments at its tea garden and farm shop. Quarr Abbey is free to enter, but make sure you check the dates and times of tours at quarrabbey.org.

Happy walking!

Getting here

It couldn’t be easier to get to the Isle of Wight via Lymington, Southampton,Southsea or Portsmouth. There are regular rail connections to the south coast via SWR.

Travelling as a foot passenger is simple due to our excellent transport links with trains, buses, foot passenger ferries and our hovercraft service. Our friendly and knowledgeable Travel Ambassadors are on hand to help you decide where to go, what to see, and of course how to get there using sustainable transport – meaning you’ll also be helping us to protect our environment too.

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