Isle of Wight downloadable walks for autumn

From purple heather clad downland to golden leafed woods, a walk is the perfect way to discover the changing landscape this autumn. As the leaves gently tumble, and wildlife prepares to hibernate, why not put on your hiking boots and try one of our downloadable walks so you can explore our Isle of Wight places even further?

Two walkers sat on a fallen tree in Borthwood Copse, Isle of Wight

Look out for red squirrels in Borthwood Copse walk

This short atmospheric walk in a secluded part of the Island takes you through woods that are home to an Isle of Wight speciality: the red squirrel.

The trees have been bent by the wind, but all is calm today looking down to Dunsbury Farm

Discover Dunsbury trail

Come with us to discover the Dunsbury area, one of our latest acquisitions. Admire the views, and understand our vision.

The footpath sign ahead beckons to the chalk cliffs of Freshwater Bay

ABC of the downs walk on the Isle of Wight

Have a go at our walk taking in Afton, Brook and Compton Downs. It could take you right back to the Ice Age, and you might even be lucky enough to spot a dinosaur footcast near Hanover Point.

Blue sea and a ribbon of sand around Sandown Bay as seen from the cliffs of Culver

Circumnavigate Culver trail

This short but energetic coastal walk, with spectacular views and interesting wildlife, will give you a fascinating insight into the Isle of Wight’s role in wartime defence and intelligence.

The bulk of Bembridge Down, topped by the nobbly Bembridge Fort, is viewed from beneath the sails of Bembridge Windmill

Bembridge and Culver Downs marshes trail

An invigorating walk over the downs and RSPB Brading Marshes reserve, with splendid views of the coast and countryside and the opportunity to learn more about the Island’s only surviving windmill through a pre-booked visit.

The ancient beacon site on Culver Down is used again, for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Fine Fortifications trail

This short wheelchair-friendly fairly level walk with spectacular views will give you a fascinating insight into the Isle of Wight’s role in wartime defence and intelligence.

Two walkers stride out along the harbour wall at Newtown with water on both sides

Enjoy the estuary... Newtown walk

Take a gentle stroll through the varied habitats of the Island’s only National Nature Reserve, and visit a hamlet with a colourful past.

A calm autumn evening over heather-covered Headon Warren looking out to the Needles

Points of view: Headon Warren walk

Head on up Headon Warren for a breathtaking walk with splendid views of the mainland and a Bronze Age burial mound.

Two walkers setting out along the Needles headland

Tennyson Down: a meander with Maud

An invigorating downland walk, with a splendid view of the iconic Needles, plus a 19th-century fort, Cold War rocket test site and a monument to a Victorian poet laureate. And along the way you can refuel with a bite to eat from the Needles Old Battery tea-room.

The lighthouse and cottage at Knowles Farm, Isle of Wight with the sea in the background.

Shedding light on the tip of the Wight walk

Walk our moderately challenging route to the most southerly point of the Isle of Wight, taking in the Island's only surviving onshore lighthouse as you go.

An inviting track leads from the lane towards the Long Stone at Mottistone

Mottistone meander: climb to the common

A meandering walk up to the Common with excellent views over the sea and a visit to a mysterious ancient monument.

A wheat field with Compton Bay and the white cliffs of Tennyson Down behind

Mottistone meander: south to the sea

Enjoy an easy walk through delightfully farmed countryside on your way to the coastal cliffs of Sudmoor Point.

Sheep enjoy the pasture high up on Chillerton Down on the Isle of Wight

Up for the challenge of a Chillerton Down walk?

This walk takes you off the beaten track in the middle of the Island – through woods and valleys, and across the downs with distant sea glimpses to enjoy.

Spring wildflowers bloom by St Helens lagoon, besides the Duver

Down on the Duver

Enjoy a short but varied coastal walk exploring St Helens Duver, a sandy spit of land on the eastern tip of the Island, rich in wildlife and history.

A grassy path entices the walker onto St Helens Duver

Links and ledges walk, discover the Duver

Explore the Duver on this moderately challenging coastal walk taking in the seashore and a picturesque village.

A sunny view from Ventnor Downs looking down through Coombe Bottom to the sea

Ventnor Downs: pre-history to Cold War walk

From Bronze Age burial barrows to secretive Cold War underground nuclear operations, this short but challenging walk will take you down an interesting historical path.

Two dog walkers sit on the grass on Ventnor Downs and take in the wide views

Down South: views of Ventnor walk

Challenge yourself to this short but particularly steep walk and be rewarded with far-reaching views over the Downs and beyond.

Three walkers on Luccombe Down with fine views over Sandown Bay

Down south: Luccombe and the Landslip walk

Admire autumn colours of heather and bracken on this invigorating walk in the south of the Island, with splendid far-reaching views to Culver Down in the east.

Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Distance: 5.6 miles (9 km) Ascent/Descent: 1100' (333m)