Public Rights of Way

Local walks and trails on the Isle of Wight


There are many local trails and walks which are promoted by Town/Parish Councils, local groups and societies.  These routes may use a combination of Public Rights of Way, Footways (pavements), Open Access Land and Permissive Paths.

Although the Isle of Wight Definitive Map shows the network of public rights of way, routes can be hard to identify without a guide or recommendation.  The list of leaflets below provides various walks and routes.

Please be aware that Public Rights of Way have not checked the content of these leaflets and cannot therefore guarantee their accuracy or suitability.

The Isle of Wight Ramblers have a selection of local walks which you can find if you visit their website and the John Harris Walking in England website has a link to walks on the Isle of Wight. 

Barnsley Trail - 4 mile circular walk in the Nettlestone & Seaview area

Bembridge Trail - 11 miles Bembridge point to Shide Corner, Newport

Betty's Walk - 1.4 mile circular walk around old Freshwater Village

Boat Trail - 4 mile walk in Cowes and East Cowes

Brading Heritage Trail - A stroll through Brading town

Brading Wetland Wonders - 1 mile circular walk to explore wildlife in the wetland west of Brading Station

Brading Wonderfull Welly Walk - 1.86 miles Brading Station to Roman Villa

5 Walks from Brading Station:  1 St Helens Branch Line - 2 Centurion Copse & Old Sea Wall -  3 Views Over Yaverland Manor - 4 Brading Roman Villa - 5  Brading Down

Calbourne - a guide to the area

Cascading Canopies Histree Trail - 1.75 mile circular walk round Cowes 

Champions & Churchyards Histree Trail - 4 miles Carisbrooke to Medina Arboretum in Newport

Coastal Path Cowes to Yarmouth - 16 miles

Coastal Path Yarmouth to Brighstone - 14 miles

Coastal Path Brighstone to Niton - 8 miles

Coastal Path Niton to Sandown - 9 miles

Coastal Path Sandown to Ryde - 12 miles

Coastal Path Ryde to Cowes - 8 miles

Curious Carisbrooke - Rambles by Bus

Freshwater Way - 5 miles - Yarmouth Bridge to Freshwater Bay

Groves & Gardens Histree Trail - 3.2 mile circular walk around Shanklin Old Village

Hamstead Trail - 7 miles - Hamstead Cliffs, Cranmore to Brook

Kings & Dragons Histree Trail - 10.1miles - Carisbrooke to Brighstone

Legends & Landscapes Histree Trail - 4.1 circular walk around Brading

Medina Estuary -  9 mile circular walk between Cowes, Newport and East Cowes

Milne Trail - about an hours walk around Newport tracking the later part of the life of John "Earthquake" Milne

Nunwell Trail - 7 miles - Sandown Railway Station to Ryde

Parks & Parasols Histree Trail - 2.6mile circular walk around East Cowes

Poets & Pines Histree Trail - 3.9 mile circular walk around Freshwater

Shepherds Trail - 7 miles - Carisbrooke to Shepherds Chine

Stenbury Trail - 10 miles - Shide (Newport) to Ventnor at the Botanical Garden

Sunshine Trail - 12 miles circular cycle route, passing Wroxall, Godshill, Lanbridge, Sandown, Lake & Shanklin

Tennyson Trail - 14 miles - Carisbrooke to Alum Bay

Towering Tennyson - Rambles by Bus

Venerable Oaks Histree Trail - 5.5 mile circular walk around Ryde, Fishbourn & Quarr 

Waterside Whippingham - 4.4 mile linear walk between Whippingham and Newport

Western Yar Eastuary - 3.8 mile circular walk from Yarmouth to Freshwater

Wootton Countryside & Landscape - 3.5 mile walk in the Wootton environment

Wootton Creek & Coastline - 4 mile circular walk to Woodside beach

Wootton (Hidden) - 6 mile walk to Woodhouse & Littletown

Wootton (Historical) - 2.5 miles - notable building & features

Wootton Musical Heritage - 2 miles - people & places around Wootton

Worsley Trail - 13 miles - Brighstone Forest to Shanklin Old Village

Yarmouth Harbour - Sensory Trail located around the harbour area

Other sources of information:

The network of Public Rights of Way (as at 2000) can be viewed in the Isle of Wight Definitive Map

Open Access Land and a number of Permissive Paths can be found on the website of Natural England.

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL29

Go Wild on Wight walks and events

If you wish to add a guide or leaflet to the above list then please contact Public Rights of Way.