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Walking on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a walker’s paradise. There’s even an Isle of Wight Walking Festival that takes place every year. Whether you’re out for a family stroll, a jaunt down to the beach, the ultimate dog walk, or a more serious hike along the Isle of Wight coastal path, our Island provides some of England’s best walking routes.

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. Expect to be amazed by the ever-changing views and the clean, fresh air.

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Routes to explore

Tennyson Trail

Taking you from Carisbrooke, with its medieval castle, to the coloured sandstone cliffs of Alum Bay. The coastal views are spectacular and from the highpoint of Brighstone Down you can see the entire Island on a clear day.

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Freshwater Way

This easy walk, mainly on the level, covers the five miles from historic Yarmouth with its waterfront castle to the scenic cliffs at Compton Bay – the ultimate Isle of Wight coastal walk.

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Victoria's Island Trail

Follow Queen Victoria’s footsteps by taking Victoria’s Island Trail, which includes a series of both lesser-known retreats and famous locations across the whole of the Isle of Wight.

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Ryde to Cowes

The eight mile amble from Ryde Pier, the second longest in Britain, to the floating bridge at Cowes – offering you plenty of contrasts for you and the family, passing by Quarr Abbey and Osborne House.

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Discover more walking

We’ve created the Wightlink Explorer, a great way to find the best places on the Island. Our easy-to-use tool will help you discover the best walks around the Isle of Wight and so much more.

Wightlink Explorer

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