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The Isle of Wight has over 500 miles of paths, providing access to most of its 147 square miles of glorious coast and countryside – making the Island a real paradise for walkers all year round!

Over half the Island has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there are almost 30 miles of ‘Heritage Coast’, a designation applied to coastlines of only the highest quality in England and Wales.

The diversity of this unspoilt landscape makes walking a delight. Discover the panoramic views from the high downs, the tranquillity of ancient forests, the picturesque farms and villages nestling in fertile valleys and some 60 miles of stunning, unspoilt coastline.


Western Yar Estuary Walk

From Yarmouth Harbour, explore the beautiful and peaceful Western Yar Estuary which is within the Isle of Wight’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and has a wealth of wildlife and heritage to discover.

Robert Hooke Trail

A scenic, circular walk around locations in West Wight that are associated with the life of the great 17th century, Freshwater scientist, Robert Hooke, and encompassing other sites of historical interest.


Newtown Nature Reserve

Newtown National Nature Reserve is the perfect spot for a relaxing walk, taking in the beautiful harbour, peaceful woodland and meadows leading down to the estuary, which is a wonderful network of secluded creeks and waterways.


Fossil Walks

The Isle of Wight is one of the most famous places in Europe for dinosaur and other fossil discoveries, earning us the title of ‘Dinosaur Island’, and some of the best beaches for viewing fossils are in West Wight.

More West Wight Walks

Close to Yarmouth in the West Wight area, there are a multitude of other excellent walking locations to explore.

Bouldnor Forest Nature Reserve is a fascinating nature reserve with a prehistoric past.

Ningwood to Yarmouth is a short walk taking in parts of the Coastal Path, starting inland from Ningwood, the walk joins the Coastal Path all the way to the harbour town of Yarmouth.

The Warrior Trail is a 6 mile circular trail created in celebration of one of the Isle of Wight’s most prominent First World War stories, that of General Jack Seely and his horse Warrior, a real-life war horse.

Towering Tennyson is a walk around the wild western tip of the Isle of Wight taking in Alum Bay, The Needles, West High Down and the magnificent Tennyson Down, with views across Headon Warren to the Solent and the mainland beyond.