Isle of Wight Coastal Path CP7
Self led walking holiday following the coastal path around the Island
Cowes - Yarmouth
A gentle introduction to the Isle of Wight Coastal Path with mildly rolling landscape to follow. There's plenty to see on this section, starting out with the Royal Yacht Squadron as you leave Cowes. In addition to the world-famous Cowes Week in early August, there tend to be boating events on at most times throughout the season. The trail leads you along cliff tops before descending onto the beach at Thorness bay where we're likely to see wading birds, including oyster catchers, ringed plovers and redshanks. It was at this beach during World War II that the pipeline used to supply fuel to the invading allied forces came ashore. After the Thorness Holiday Village you veer away from the coast and inland through the Newton National Nature Reserve with further bird watching opportunities on offer. Shortly thereafter, the trail makes its way back towards the coast, eventually arriving in the attractive, bustling town of Yarmouth.
Yarmouth - Brighstone
This section of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path is dominated by the three pinnacles of the Needles with the Old and New Batteries and the Black Knight missile test site (The best view of the Needles is from the Old Battery which is National Trust property so don't forget your card if you are a member!) and the multi-coloured cliffs of Alum bay. From The Needles and Scratchell's Bay, the trail continues along the chalk ridge of Tennyson's Down past the Tennyson Monument following chalk cliff tops past Compton Bay with its excellent beaches. From there you pass along Brighstone Bay before arriving in your destination of Brighstone.
Brighstone - Niton
This section of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path features the Isle of Wight's famous chines (coastal gullies). Whale Chine is the most spectacular in a series of Chines along this stretch of the coastline. Chale Bay was at one time known as the "Bay of Death"; sixty ships were lost here between 1746 and 1808. Nearby are the Wealdon Beds which have yielded fossilised remains of dinosaurs. With these and features like the St. Catherine's Lighthouse at St. Catherine’s point, many feel this section offers the best walking and views of the entire Isle of Wight Coastal Path. This section contains some steeper ascents and descents than the others so far. You should be especially wary of the cliff edges in this section as they're prone to landslip.
Niton - Sandown
Walking on this section of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path is easy once you've made the ascent onto the cliffs over Packaster Cove. The Ventnor Botanic Gardens lie just after Steephill Cove and thanks to Ventnor's mild climate, the Garden contains palms and many other varieties of sub-tropical plants. Bonchurch and the Landslip, so named as it suffered in the great landslip of 1810. The area was further disturbed in 1928 and continues to slip very gradually. Thereafter, as you approach Shanklin, which still retains some of its Victorian elegance, was once home to John Keats and he is commemorated within the town by Keats Inn and Keats Green and finally onto the more modern resort of Sandown.
Sandown - Ryde
There's lots to see on this section of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path, running as it does along the island's popular east coast. There's the zoo and big cat sanctuary at Yaverland, the Maritime Museum at Bembridge, Flamingo Park and Puckpool Park. In addition, there are National Trust areas of interest at Bembridge Down and The Duver. The walking on this section is easy with few climbs or descents to negotiate
Ryde - Cowes
This final section of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path tends to run further from the coast than other sections, in much the same way that the first section did. Here, you move inland after crossing the Wootton Creek. Before that, a highpoint is Quarr Abbey, originally a Cistercian site dating from the 12th Century. The present abbey, however, was built in the early 20th Century by Benedictine monks. This section arguably keeps the best or at least the most popular, 'til last though. The stunning Osborne House, a favourite retreat of Queen Victoria is the singular most popular attraction on the Isle of Wight. Thereafter the trail continues back to East Cowes.
Day 1 Arrive in Ryde
Day 2 Ryde to Cowes 7.7
Day 3 Cowes to Yarmouth 16.5
Day 4 Yarmouth to Freshwater 9.2
Day 5 Freshwater to Chale 11.3
Day 6 Chale to Sandown 12.1
Day 7 Sandown to Ryde 13.2
Day 8 Depart
You stay in specially selected hotels, country inns, friendly guesthouses and breakfast's along the trail that have been carefully chosen for the warmth of their welcome, the quality of their accommodation and their accessibility to the trail. We always book en-suite rooms with private bathrooms where they are available. The holidays are run on a bed and breakfast basis. A full English breakfast is included in the price, but we leave you to pay for your packed-lunches and evening meals.
NOT INCLUDED: Transport to first nights accommodadtion.