Cycle the Red Squirrel Trail

Popular family friendly bike ride on the Isle of Wight

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The Needles and Tennyson Down circular walk

The classic Isle of Wight circular walk

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Ride The Needles chairlift

Discover multicolour sands and great views of The Needles from aloft

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Wildlife walks around Newtown and Shalfleet

Explore the creeks and wildlife of Newtown and Shalfleet

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Star gazing on the Isle of Wight

Find the best places to star gaze on the Isle of Wight

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Watch an Isle of Wight sunset

Find the best spots on the isle of Wight for watching sunset

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Explore a chine

Discover a natural wonder of the Isle of Wight

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Chill out in Steephill Cove

Grab a crab sandwich in Steehill Cove

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Ventnor Botanic Gardens

Visit Britain's hottest garden

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Circular walk St Catherine's Oratory

Circular walk along coast, downland and charming villages

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St Catherine's Oratory

Walk to the only Medieval lighthouse in Britain and enjoy some fantastic views

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Walk to the Isle of Wight's high point

Find giant crickets and great views on this walk on St Boniface Down

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SUP to Watcombe Bay

Find the caves and a hidden beach

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Rock pooling at Bembridge

Explore one of the best spots for rock pooling on the Isle of Wight

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Best places for fossil hunting on the Isle of Wight

Find the best places to go fossil hunting on the Isle of Wight

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Where to spot a white-tailed eagle

Spot one of these magnificent birds in a number of location across the UK

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About Us

Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
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Distance: 113 km
Difficulty: Moderate
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 10 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: South coast
  • Size: 38,000 ha
  • Terrain: Coast path; cliff tops
  • Access: Ferry
  • Height gain: 2171 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer OL22; and OS Explorer OL29
  • Starting point: Cowes (GR SZ 500 956)
  • Accommodation/food:

    There is a huge variety of pitstops and accommodation on the Isle of Wight

  • Island Summary:

    Walking the Isle of Wight Coastal Path offers a huge variety of landscapes, beaches, cliffs and views.  The flatter north coast includes inland sections with some superb walking around the creeks of Shalfleet. The south coast has spectacular chalk cliffs, sea stacks, The Needles and deep chines. There are plenty of culture too including thatched villages, traditional seaside resorts and bustling harbours, with great cafes, pubs and places to visit including a fossil forest, Yarmouth Castle, Palmerston forts and Osbourne House, to name a few.

    The walk can be undertaken in 24 hours as part of the Challenge Event or take anywhere between 5-10 days.

  • Route description:

    Starting from East Cowes this anti-clockwise walk is described in 6-stages here

  • Getting there:

    There are several transport links from the mainland via the hovercraft from Southsea; three vehicle ferry and two catamaran services from Southampton, Lymington and Portsmouth

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