Walk the Line Newport to Sandown with Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Isle Of Wight
Tel: 01983 882204
£5. Places are limited and pre-booking is essential
As part of the Steam Railway's 50th anniversary celebrations, we're offering the opportunity to walk the Island's disused railways. Our May walk follow the course of the Isle of Wight (Newport Junction) Railway from Newport to Sandown.
This line opened in 1875 as far as Shide on the outskirts of Newport, but took a further 4 years for the line to be completed into Newport. The line always struggled to attract passengers and goods, and was closed by British Railways in 1956.
Much of the line survives as a popular path and cycle track. A lot has changed in the 65 years since closure; however we'll discover the station masters houses at Blackwater, Horringford and Alverstone, as well as the well-preserved platforms at Merstone Junction. During the walk we'll look for clues of the railway's existence with knowledgeable railway experts
Map & Directions
|Open (15 May 2021)|
* Start: Meet at Newport Town Hall at 10:30. Regular Southern Vectis buses run between Sandown and Newport. We'd recommend driving to Newport and using the bus to travel back to start of the walk.
Finish: Sandown around 15:30