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Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight basics
  • Population 140,000
  • Separate county
  • County town is Newport
  • Main resorts: Ryde, Sandown and Shanklin

Tennyson Down walkers

The Isle of Wight has a wealth of footpaths and bridleways and is reputed to have more footpaths per square mile than any other English county - from a 60 mile coastal path, to easy circular routes, and short town trails - there are over 500 miles of well maintained paths on an island that measures 23 by 15 miles.

The Coastal Path can be walked in four days at a leisurely pace. The coastline is varied from white chalk cliffs to quiet estuaries. Almost half of the coastline is designated "Heritage Coast", a definition applied only to coastlines of the highest quality and unspoilt nature.

Inland the chalk downlands are the home to many unique wild flowers and fauna, and the Island has some of the most picturesque villages in the country.

Red Squirrel
Red squirrels are native to the Isle of Wight 

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust produce a free leaflet every April and September. Wight Summer has 100+ walks and events for the period April to September. Wight Winter has about 50 walks and events taking place between October and March.

The Isle of Wight Walking Festival takes place over two weeks in May and there's an Autumn Walking Weekend in late October each year. Details can be seen here.

All of our properties are ideal bases for walking on the island with nowhere more than about half an hour's drive away and many accessible by bus. It is possible to have several days varied walking from the properties with needing to use the car or bus. Some suggestions are:

Directions for these walks are in the Bermuda House and Beach View Apartment welcome folders.



A selection of walking books and maps are provided in Bermuda House and Beach View Apartment. Some of the books are now out of print, but still relevant to the island.

If you wish to select walks before your holiday, or are staying in Bayview, Please follow the links to current titles on the Amazon web site.