The Isle of Wight is a walker’s paradise. Whether you’re out for a family stroll, a jaunt down to the beach, or a more serious hike along the Isle of Wight coastal path, our Island provides some of England’s best walking country. With over half the Island designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you simply can’t go wrong!
There are over 500 miles of designated footpath on the Isle of Wight. Walks include beautiful meanders over chalk downs, clifftop hikes with stunning views, winding lanes through historic villages, trails through forests and wetlands, or simple paths taking you pub-to-pub through the countryside! Whichever path you choose to tread, you’ll be amazed by the ever-changing views and the clean, fresh air.
Walking is not only good for the body, it’s also good for the soul. Combined with the undeniable benefits of spending time outdoors in beautiful places, you absolutely cannot beat a good walk on the Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight coastal walks stretch over 64 miles of glorious footpaths, which give walkers access to some of the most incredible natural sights the UK has to offer. Some stretches are gentle rambles over flower-strewn chalk downs and soft, sandy dunes. Others are more challenging clifftop hikes, offering panoramic views over the Island and the sea. For those who fancy an Isle of Wight walking challenge, it is possible to walk around the Isle of Wight in just a few days. Alternatively, you could simply go for a quick potter by the shore, or blow the cobwebs away with a clifftop stroll.
Each May, the Island hosts a world-famous walking festival – the Isle Walk. During the festival, plenty of guided walks are on offer, as well as walking challenges, group rambles, group dog walks, and lots of events for children. It’s a friendly and convivial event, which gives people the chance to experience the best of the Island’s areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
All the freedom offered by the Island’s footpaths and hiking trails is only a short Wightlink crossing from the mainland. You could just as easily pop over for the day as stay for a week – Wightlink make Island access incredibly easy! Book your journey now, dig out your hiking boots, and get ready to fill your lungs with our lovely, fresh Island air!
If you like your walks with an added cultural element, there are plenty of specially designated trails on the Island. These will guide you through some of the most important historic and natural sites. Here are just a few:
Of course, there are also many more informal Isle of Wight walks, as well as lots of operators running guided walking tours of all varieties. And wherever you go, you’re never far from a welcoming country pub, teashop, or restaurant, where you can refuel and recharge.