Summer walks on the Isle of Wight

When the sun is shining on a warm, long summer’s day, it can feel like you want to keep walking forever. Hiking high on the downs with panoramic views of a sparkling blue sea, or strolling around the creeks and meadows at Newtown as the sun sets, is an uplifting experience. Our extensive series of downloadable walks takes you to the most beautiful parts of the Island. We've got plenty of guided walks too, so if you'd like to find out more about the history and wildlife of the landscape around you, come for a stroll with us. Your support will help us look after this countryside, so that you can enjoy it whatever the season.

Hard to see a resting nightjar, because it is so well camouflaged
Walking trail

Mottistone Nightjar Walk 

Guided, Sat 8 June 8.30pm, 2 miles, moderate, booking essential. After a long hot day, a warm balmy evening is the perfect time to take a walk. It’s also a good time to spot elusive nocturnal nightjars. As the sun sets below the horizon, join our walk and we'll help you spot them hunting for food as dusk falls on Mottistone Common.

Ferguson Gang in 1930s

Intriguing People of Newtown

Each Thurs 13-27 June 10.30am, 1.5 hours, 1 mile, gentle, booking essential. For a tiny hamlet, Newtown has been shaped by some famous individuals from history. 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 played a part but on our walk around the village we’ll help you discover not only these famous figures but also the ordinary folk who called Newtown home. Booking essential on 01983 531622.

Newtown estuary seen through a haze of summer wildflowers
Walking trail

Newtown estuary 

Downloadable, 1.5-4 miles, easy. If you can't make it to one of our Newtown guided walks, then why not download our trail? It’ll guide you through some of the Island's most beautiful landscapes, along lanes, through woods and into meadows where you can spy butterflies, birds and discover the hidden history of this ancient town.

The common blue buttery

Newtown Butterflies and Flowers

Guided, 24 June & 15 July, 2-4pm, easy, 1.5 miles. Our work at Newtown ensures that butterflies can thrive. We carefully look after the meadow so wildflowers can grow, which attracts many different butterflies. If you join our ranger on a guided walk through the grassy fields, you might spot a common blue or marbled white sunning itself on the delicate flowers.

View from Freshwater Bay of Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight
Walking trail

Needles Headland 

Downloadable, 7 miles, challenging. If you’d like to spend time by the sea this summer but don’t want to get wet, then a walk along Tennyson Down could be the answer. From here you’ll see the summer sun glinting on the sea, without getting sand between your toes. This trail is packed with wildlife: look out for butterflies, orchids and sea birds including the peregrine falcon. You’ll also have a great view of the famous Needles rocks.

Chalkhill blue (male)

Butterfly Walk on Mottistone Down

Guided, 28 June & 29 July, 1pm, 1.5 miles, moderate. It's not just at Newtown you can spot butterflies. The rolling chalk downland of Mottistone is also home to these delicate little creatures. On the walk, our ranger will help you spy Adonis and chalkhill blues flitting across the downs and common.

Red squirrel on a tree trunk
Walking trail

Borthwood Copse 

Downloadable, 1.2 miles, easy. A walk through the shady woods is a good way to escape the heat of the summer sun too. Hidden in the dappled shade of the high tree tops of Borthwood you might spy a red squirrel. If you stand quietly, you might spot one looking down on you, or jumping between the branches. We carefully manage the woods here to ensure they have a good crop of hazelnuts, which they’ll bury for winter.

From Compton Down there is a fine view down the valley to Compton Farm and beyond to Tennyson Down

Discover a Changing Landscape

Guided, 14 July 10am & 21 July 2pm, 3 miles, moderate, booking essential. As the mighty seas crash against the cliffs at Compton, it creates a landscape that is constantly changing. On our guided walk, we'll explain our plans for the future of the area and how we hope to look after it for nature.

The beach at Compton, Isle of Wight

Summer coastal walks on the Isle of Wight 

Taking a walk with the sea breeze gently blowing and the waves lapping at your toes is a relaxing way to spend a warm summer’s day. At St Helens and Compton, you can kick off your shoes and let the sand sink between your toes as you walk along the soft beach. Or if you prefer not to get your feet wet, there are plenty of cliff top walks with dramatic views of the sea below to try.

Two walkers in Compton Downs, Isle of Wight with the sea in the background

More walks to discover

If you’d like to discover more of our countryside, we’ve plenty of other walks to choose from. You can download your favourite and print it out, so it’s even easier to explore the beautiful Isle of Wight landscape this summer.