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Walking on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a perfect base for walking, the landscape and beaches make the most perfect backdrop for outdoor activities. Whether it's for a family stroll, or a jaunt down to the beach, or a more serious hike over the various Downs or cliff walks.

There are over 500 miles of marked footpaths and routes through designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, forests and wetlands.

Many walks will take you close to Island attractions from theme parks and zoos to historic houses and sub-tropical gardens. Wherever you go, you’re never far from a welcoming country pub, tea shop or restaurant.

Walking Routes and Maps

There are many trails across the Island to follow and the popular Stenbury Trail follows bridleways rising up and over Appuldurcombe, Stenbury and Week Downs affording beautiful views North & South, which can be reached from Appuldurcombe Gardens Holiday Park and you can view a map of the route here.

The AA website also offers a lovely walk from Godshill to Appuldurcombe, through unspoilt downland to the ruins of Palladian Mansion. Its a 4.5 mile walk with a medium level of difficulty - more information on the route can be found here.

Many more walking routes and information can be found on the following websites;

Tourist Information Points

Looking for things to do on the Island during your walks you can visit various Tourist information points positioned around the island.

  • Bembridge Tourist Information Point
    Address : Bembridge Community Library, Church Road, Bembridge Isle of Wight PO35 5NA
  • Brading Tourist Information Point
    Address: Station Road, Brading,  Isle Of Wight, PO36 0EB
    Opening hours: 10am – 4pm daily (closed Monday & Friday)
  • Brighstone Tourist Information Point
    Address: Main Road, Brighstone, Isle Of Wight, PO30 4AH
  • Cowes Tourist Information Point
    Aqua Marine Gifts: 60 High Street, Cowes PO31 7RL
  • East Cowes Tourist Information Point
    Address: Valu 4 U, Castle Street, EAST COWES, Isle of Wight, PO32 6RD
    Opening hours: 7.30am – 6pm daily (closed Sundays)
  • Freshwater Bay Tourist Information Point
    Address: Dimbola Museum and Galleries, Terrace Lane, FRESHWATER BAY, Isle Of Wight, PO40 9QE
  • Godshill Tourist Information Point
    Address: Godshill Village Store, High Street, Godshill, Isle Of Wight, PO38 3HH
  • Havenstreet Tourist Information Point
    Address: Isle of Wight Steam Railway, The Railway Station, Station Road, Isle Of Wight, PO33 4DS
  • Newport Tourist Information Point (IW County Press Shop)
    Address: 123 Pyle Street, Newport, Isle Of Wight, PO30 1ST
  • Newport Tourist Information Point (Quay Arts Centre)
    Address: Quay Arts Centre, 15 Sea Street, Newport Harbour,  Isle Of Wight, PO30 5BD
  • Ryde Tourist Information Point
    Address: Kollective Gifts, 10 Esplanade, Isle Of Wight, PO33 2DY
  • Sandown Tourist Information Point
    Address: Art 2 Artz Community Arts Studio & Gallery, 2 Albert Road, Sandown, Isle Of Wight, PO36 8AN
  • Shanklin Tourist Information Point
    Address: 1 Eastcliff Road, Isle Of Wight, PO37 6AA
    Opening hours: 10am – 11pm (Monday – Saturday); 11am – 10.30pm (Sunday)
  • Ventnor Tourist Information Point
    Address: 8 – 10 High Street, Isle Of Wight, PO38 1RY
    Opening hours: 7.30am – 5.30pm (Monday – Saturday); 9am – 12pm (Sunday)
  • Yarmouth Tourist Information Point
    Address: Harbour Office, The Quay, Isle Of Wight, PO41 0NT