Public Rights of Way

Current Closures

Public Rights of Way Path Temporary Closure Notice

Details of roads (tarmacked carriageway and footways/pavements) closed temporarily for repair/maintenance can be found on the Islands Roads website, to view please click here.

How to temporarily close a public right of way

If you wish to apply to temporarily close a public right of way in order to undertake works on or near the path you will need to contact the Public Rights of Way service to discuss the closure.  Please contact the service by clicking here to use the send a message to service form.

There is a process to follow which will includes:

  • The completion of a formal application form.
  • Payment of a fee.
  • You or your contractor will need to install and maintain the on site notices, closure signs and  / or barriers for the duration of the works. 

 

Current Rights of Way Closures

Tennyson Trail - byways permanently closed to motor vehicles

This is a series of Byways that are permanently closed to vehicles from Carisbrooke to Freshwater Bay (Public Byways N123, N128, N136A, N139, BS4, BS10, BS44, S26, BS53, F33).  They are permanently closed to vehicles pursuant to The Isle of Wight Council (Tennyson Trail, IW (Prohibition of Driving) Order No 1 2006.)

Permit scheme for blue badge holders

A permit scheme is available to blue badge holders, licensed hackney carriages (taxis) and community vehicles between 1 April and 30 September annually. 

Application Process

  • To apply for a permit please complete the application form, click here to download the application form (PDF 3 pages, 36kb). 
  • Please include a photocopy of your blue badge permit with your completed application form.
  • Send the completed application form to: Public Rights of Way, County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD

For further information or guidance please contact Public Rights of Way by clicking here to use the send a message to service form, alternatively find our contact details in the 'Contact' tab above.

 

2017/2018 Winter Byway Closure to Motor Vehicles

The temporary motor vehicle winter byway closure will come into force from Monday 2nd October 2017 for six months. 

This closure will not affect carriage drivers, equestrians, cyclists, walkers or any residents or landowners who has lawful authority to access their land or property which is situated adjacent to the closed sections of byway.

The closure is aimed at through traffic and leisure vehicle use, which are normally 4 X 4’s or off road motor bikes. The reason for closures is that during the winter and wet weather the unbound surfaces become soft and are easily damaged. Motor vehicle use causes deep ruts and the surfaces get churned up with the result of making them impassable and dangerous for all other types of users. Further, rectifying the damage is extremely costly and time consuming.

The Island’s Rights of Way network including Byways (which are also referred to as BOAT’s - Byways Open to All Traffic) can be found by looking at the Isle of Wight Council’s Definitive Map by clicking here or the digital leisure map by clicking here.

The Byways which will be affected are listed below:

A25 (Great East Standen Lane) between its junctions with Burnt House Lane and Public Byway A28

A28 (St George’s Down) between its junctions with Arreton Cross and approximately the entrance into Newport Golf Club off St Georges Lane

B13 (Galleyhorn Lane) from its junction with Byway B14 to its junction with byway R63 (Attrills Lane)

B14 (Galleyhorn Lane) from its junction with Byway B15 / B15A to its junction with Byway B13

B21 (Ricketts Hill) from its junction with West Lane to its junction with Rowborough Lane

B33 (Kern) from its junction with Kern Lane to its junction with Brading Down Road

B35 between its junctions with Kern Lane and Public Byway NC45A

BB37 (Peacock Hill) from its junction with B3395 Sandown/Bembridge Rd to a point approx. 400 metres south of Hillway Rd.

BS76 (Hulverstone Lane) from its junction with Military Rd to a point approx 110 metres south of Brighstone Rd

BS86 from its junction with Byway BS89 to its junction with Dunsbury Farm Lane

BS89 from its junction with Byway F55 to its junction with Byway BS53

BS100 (Riget Lane) from its junction with Military Road to a point approx 140 metres south of Brighstone Road

BS101 (Blind Lane) from its junction with Hoxall Lane to its junction with Brook Road

BS104 (Pitt Place Lane) from its junction with Hoxall Lane to a point approx 260 metres south of Brook Road

BS106 (Sheep Lane) between its junctions with Brook Farm Close and the Military Road

C32A (Ashbridge Lane) between its junctions with Appleford Road and Public Byway SW41

GL30 (Bobbestone Farm) between its junctions with Lessland Lane and Public Byway NC33

GL48 (Part) from its junction with Byway V57 until its junction with Bridleway GL51 (at car parking area)

F55 from a point approx 530 metres east of its junction with Military Road to its junction with Byway BS89

NC33 (Bobberstone Farm) between its junctions with Canteen Road and Public Byway GL30

NC45A (Lower Knighton Ln.) between its junctions with Public Byway B35 & its junction with Knighton Shute /Ln.

R63 (Attrills Lane) from its junction with Byway B13 for a distance of approx 200 metres

SS17 (Lower Hyde Estate) from its junction with byway SS87 (Upper Hyde Lane) to its junction with Bridleways SS18A / SS89 at New Barn Lane

SS18 from its junction with Bridleways SS18A / SS89 at New Barn Ln. to its junction with A3056 Newport Rd, Lake

SS87 (Upper Hyde Ln.) from its junction with Cliff Bridge (A3020 Godshill Rd/Victoria Ave.to its junction with SS17

SW41 (Ashbridge Lane) between its junctions with Emmett Hill and Public Byway C32A

SW56 (Dungewood Lane) between its junctions with Kingston Road and its junction with Atherfield Road

V62 for its whole length from its junction with Byway V60 at Week Farm Lane to its junction with Byway V57

V57 for its whole length from its junction with Byway V62 to its junction with Byway GL48

Chale

Public Footpath C34 (path/steps in Whale Chine to the beach) is permanently closed pursuant to a Traffic Regulation Order due to ongoing landslips. No alternative route.

Newport / Carisbrooke

Part of Public Footpath N160 at Pankhurst Forest is closed until 4 June 2019 to allow the demolition of the Energos building which is immediately adjacent to the path and the build of a new waste disposal plant.  The closed section is between Forest Road and the edge of Parkhurst Forest a distance of approx. 550 metres.  During the closure a bypass can be made using the open access land and paths of Parkhurst Forest.

Niton 

Public Footpath NT46 (Castlehaven) is closed between its junctions with Public Footpath NT38 and Castlehaven Green.  Alternative route: Public Footpath NT38 and Castlehaven Lane.  Closed because of damage and erosion.  The Secretary of State for Transport has approved an time extension until 24 August 2018 for this closure. 

The following Footpaths NT47,48,49,50 & 51 are permanently closed under a Traffic Regulation Order because they are unsafe to use because of land slippage.  The paths will remain on the definitive map and will be periodically inspected in case of any changes to the land which would allow reinstatement.  

Public Footpath NT47 (Reeth Bay): closed between its junctions with Public Footpath NT42 and NT49.  No alternative route.

Public Footpath NT48 (Puckaster): closed from a point 233 metres south of St. Catherine’s Road to its junction with Public Footpath NT49.  No alternative route.

Public Footpath NT49 (Puckaster): closed between its junctions with Public Footpaths NT47 and NT50.  No alternative route

Public Footpath NT50 (Puckaster): closed between its junctions with A3055 Undercliff Drive and Public Footpath NT51.  No alternative route.

Public Footpath NT51 (Binnel Bay): closed between its junctions with Public Footpaths V99 and NT49.  No alternative route.

Ryde

Public Footpath R55 between Great Preston Road and the level crossing which then leads onto Rosemary Lane will be closed in two phases.  The first closure will be Thursday 14th December 2017 for one week to allow for clearance works to be completed.  Then after the Christmas break a second closure will be arranged in respect of surfacing works.  During the closure walkers will need to bypass using Great Preston Road, Slade Road and Bridleway R54 or Great Preston Road, Slade Road, Oakfield High Street, St Johns Hill, Quarry Rioad, Public Footpaths R103 / R52a and Rose.

Seaview

Part of Public Footpath R105 at Seagrove Bay will be closed between 27th October 2017 to 27 February 2018 to allow building and demolition work to be undertaken (demolition & rebuilding of public toilets and construction of a new bridge).

This path links Gully Road to Pier Road therefore to bypass this closed section will need either walking on the beach at low tide or using Old Seaview Lane, Seagrove Manor Road, Public Bridleway R67 and Public Footpath R68.

The works were agreed 21/01/16 under planning application TCP/23194/A, P/01228/15.

Public Footpath R65 in from 4 December 2017 for approximately 14 days there will not be any through access between Ryde Road and Steyne Road via Sandlands Allotments. 

This is because the boundary wall adjacent to 21 High Salterns is to be demolished and rebuilt, and part of this path will be closed to allow safe working. During this time access to the allotments will need to be made via Steyne Road.  To bypass the closed section walkers should use Steyne Road and Ryde Road.  Exact dates will be publicised nearer the time.

Shanklin / Luccombe

Public Footpath SS3 (Luccombe Chine) is permanently closed pursuant to a Traffic Regulation Order from its junction with Public Footpath SS2 to the beach.  This is because of land slippage.  The path will remain on the definitive map and will be periodically inspected in case of any changes to the land which would allow reinstatement.

Ventnor

Public Footpath V124 has been closed between its junctions with Undercliff Drive and Public Footpaths NT51 & V99 because of a landslip.  The Secretary of State for Transport has allowed an extension to the closure until 24 January 2018 or until completion of the works whichever is earlier.