Autumn walks on the Isle of Wight

This was about our walks in autumn 2018, which have now finished. Autumn is a magical season to go walking in. Changing colours, migrating wildlife, and atmospheric landscapes filled with mists, mean that there is always something to see. In the woods the leaves turn to red and gold, whilst the downs are covered in a carpet of purple heather. Across the countryside, bracken turns from the vivid green of summer to the russet of autumn, and wood smoke fills the air. If you come along to one of our walks, we'll help you discover many of these seasonal changes. And every transformation you spot helps support the return of new life in the spring.

Three barn swallows in a row on a barbed wire line.

Wildlife Walk: Migrating Birds

Fri 21 Sep 10.30am-2pm. Guided. £5 per person. As the last of the summer migrant birds leave and the first winter visitors make an appearance, our ranger will guide you across Tennyson and West High Downs on a moderate four mile walk. Along the way, there’s a chance to refuel with a warming bowl of freshly made soup and a crusty roll at the Needles Battery, before setting off again to discover the autumn wildlife of this windswept headland. Booking essential on 01983 741020

Ferguson Gang in 1930s

Intriguing People of Newtown Walk

Sat 22 Sept 2-3.30pm Guided. 2 miles. Newtown has a long history and as such, some well known names have left their mark on the area. Queen Elizabeth I, MP George Canning, eccentric Ferguson’s Gang and Mercia Seabroke are just a few of the colourful and historic characters that have shaped its past. Our walk will guide you around the sleepy hamlet to discover the legacy they left behind.

Bird watcher with binoculars

Birdwatching walks at Newtown

Various dates. Guided. 3 miles. As autumn makes way for winter, so to do the last of the summer birds for winter migrants at Newtown. The skies above and creeks below fill with birds as the last autumn leaves fall in the woods. We’re running a series of easy guided walks throughout the season so that you can spot, month after month, the changing birdlife at Newtown. Each walk is expected to last around two and a half hours and is perfect for anyone new to birdwatching.

Early morning light over Newtown creek

Autumn walking

If you can’t make it to one of our events, or would like to explore further, there are plenty of other places to walk. Discover more of the Island this autumn with our walking trails to download and print.