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.

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.)

A permit scheme is available to blue badge holders, licensed hackney carriages (taxis) and community vehicles between 1 April and 30 September annually.  For the application from please click here (PDF 3 pages, 36kb).  For further information please contact Public Rights of Way by phone 01983 821000 or email rightsofway@iow.gov.uk or using the 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  or the digital leisure map.

 

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

Brading

Brading Marshes Public Footpath BB20 from 23 September 2017 path in Brading Marshes /

Centurions Copse area will be closed for surface improvement works

The exact dates and times are not known but we anticipate two weeks for this section.  Any pedestrian coming to a closure sign should not pass this because of the likelihood of danger to the public from the works . 

If presented with a closure sign please find an alternative route in order to bypass the closed section, this may mean having to double back.   We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

For more details about these works please contact the East Wight Landscape Partnership on 01983 823855

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.

Godshill

Part of Public Bridleway A48 will be closed from Monday 16th October 2017 to allow surface improvement work to take place.  The closed part is between the end of Munsley Lane / Bridleway GL24 and south of Great Budbridge Manor.  As this section of path is fenced on one side and is adjacent to the river the other, it will not be possible to pass the contractors whilst they are working.  Pedestrians can bypass by taking Footpaths GL24a / A47 at Little Kennerley Farm.  Horse riders and cyclists will need to use Newport Road, Merstone Lane and Public Bridleway A22

Newport

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.

 

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 early November 2017 for approximately 4 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.

Whippingham

Public Footpath N214 was closed in August 2015 between its junction with Crematorium Road to its junction with Public Footpath N114, this path also forms part of the cycle network. 

The alternative route is;  Crematorium Road, A3054 Lushington Hill, Racecourse and Fairlee Road.  The closure is required until repair works have been undertaken to B171 Whippingham Cattle Creep.  Please contact Island Roads for up to date information, to visit the website please click here.