Come walking on the Isle of Wight

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The Isle of Wight’s reputation as one of the best walking locations in the UK is well deserved. We own and look after 17 miles of unspoilt coastline, plus many well-known beauty spots and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

The Isle of Wight is perfect for walkers, offering interest and enjoyment for all abilities.

It has a wonderful mix of coastline, high chalk ridges, wooded valleys and peacefully rural countryside. Nothing is too remote or too challenging, and the views on all sides are amazing.

You will discover that each area on the island has its own special charm. So, whether you prefer a breezy cliff walk or a meander around quiet villages and woods, the Isle of Wight will not disappoint.

Where to go?

We have also created self-guided trails to show the best parts of our places on the island.

Other guided walks are arranged by our rangers and volunteers throughout the year: find details on our events website or call us on 01983 741020.

Over 300 walks are organised by the Isle of Wight Council over two weeks in May in the biggest walking festival of its type in Britain, with a smaller four-day autumn festival in October.

The week-long National Trust walking festival in October each year also includes walks on the island.

The Isle of Wight Ramblers are a very active group and organise a number of walks each week.

No problem finding the way

The island boasts over 520 miles of well-marked rights of way, more paths per square mile than any other English county.

Most of the paths are marked with unique parish numbers, such as V43 for footpath no. 43 in Ventnor parish. Route finding is easy using the Ordnance Survey maps Explorer OL29 or Landranger 196.

There is an extensive bus network operated by Southern Vectis (01983 827000), so transport is no problem either.

Walkers’ delight

We own and look after more than 10 per cent of this 23 x 15-mile island, including much of the best bits of coastline and many well-known beauty spots.

The island truly is a brilliant place for walkers of all abilities, and in our care it will be a walker’s haven in perpetuity.