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Western Yar Estuary Walk

The Western Yar Estuary Walk provides an easy access circular ramble approximately 3.8 miles (6.1km) long and at a fairly brisk pace takes about 1.5 hours, or longer with stops to admire the wonderful views and soak up the fresh air, peacefulness and beautiful countryside.

Start your pleasant walk along this lovely stretch of the West Wight near Yarmouth Sailing Club. Walk a short way alongside the river, past the Old Mill and through a small gate which leads you directly onto the cycle path. A 100 years ago, this wasn’t a cycle path but a railway line, with trains operating from Yarmouth Harbour to Freshwater, or inland towards Newport.

The Western Yar Estuary Walk follows public footpaths, bridleways and roadside pavement. There are also a few short stretches of road between Freshwater Causeway and All Saints church and on Gasworks Lane near Saltern Wood that have no pavement so please take care in these areas. Otherwise, this is a walk where the spectacular scenery and wildlife will be the only distractions for you.

Countryside Code

Please follow the Countryside Code and help to protect the wildlife of the Western Yar Estuary:

  • Protect plants and animals by taking your litter home.
  • Leave gates and property as you find them.
  • Avoid launching, landing or walking on the saltmarsh – it is very sensitive.
  • Be safe – plan ahead and follow signs.
  • Keep dogs under close control.
  • Consider other people.