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Isle of Wight Coastal Path - 9 Days & 8 Nights

9 Days & 8 Nights
  • The white cliffs and panoramic views from Tennyson Down.
  • The colourful variegated cliffs at Alum Bay.
  • Stunning, unspoilt coastlines at Shanklin, Sandown and Freshwater Bay.
  • Prehistoric fossils and rock formations.
With over half of the island designated as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, almost 30 miles of heritage coast and an abundance of sunshine make the Isle of Wight a very appealing and welcoming destination in Britain. Add to this the wonderful 67-mile coastal path circumnavigating the island and you have a walker's paradise just waiting to be explored. Starting in the historic town of Ryde and following the coast in an anti-clockwise direction prepare to splendour in the delights the Isle of Wight has to offer. The unspoilt landscape has so much to offer, you can visit the blue flag beaches at Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor and wander through the charming towns of Cowes and Yarmouth. Escape into the wide open spaces of Tennyson Down, watch the wildlife of the West Wight and Bembridge, and wonder at the natural beauty of the estuaries in the north and the rolling downs running south to the sea.
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What To Expect

If you enjoy wide open spaces, stunning sea views and the sound of waves crashing then the Isle of Wight is for you. Graded from Easy upwards, walking the coast path circuit can be enjoyed by everyone.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island

Activity Level & Terrain

This holiday is graded from Easy through to Moderate/Strenuous, depending on the itinerary you choose.  The route is a mixture of paths, tracks and minor roads. Some of the path sections can be steep as you traverse the cliffs—however, no single ascent is deemed difficult.

Navigation

The route is waymarked extensively and clearly.  Usually with wooden posts with 'Coastal Path' noted on them. We also provide detailed maps and route notes you will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way.

Accommodations

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of accommodation.

We specifically choose the Inns, Guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.

We always try and book your accommodation as close as possible to the line of the trail. Occasionally a short transfer may be required and this is always included in the price of your holiday.

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.

Solo Walkers

We welcome solo walkers on the coast path, although you should, of course, take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo. A supplement will apply to baggage transfers.

Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most accommodations are more than happy to provide a packed lunch - this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs or restaurants.

Additional Nights and Extensions

Many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk to sample more of the wonderful walking and attractions available on the island. Yarmouth, Freshwater Bay, Chale, Ventnor and Sandown are great choices for extra days.  These pleasant and uncrowded villages and towns often feature additional day walks, wildlife opportunities or great beaches that can easily soak up a day!

Ryde and Cowes can offer attractive extensions and you shouldn’t forget Newport in the centre of the Island – ideal for additional day walks and visiting the historic and imposing Carisbrooke Castle.

Birders may want to take advantage of the isolation of the island which has preserved areas like the Medina Estuary between Ryde and Cowes, the Newtown Estuary north of Yarmouth, The Yar Estuary south of Yarmouth, and the wetlands at Bembridge—all prime spots to observe the wealth of wildlife on the island.

Included
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in ensuite rooms wherever possible.
  • Door to door baggage transfer.
  • Information Pack, maps, route notes, GPX tracks, access to our smartphone app.
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.
Excluded
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage.
  • Transport to the start and from the end of the walk.
Extras
  • Extra nights - You can add extra nights anywhere along the way.

When To Go

The Isle of Wight offers longer sunnier days than most places in the British Isles. Of course, the tendency for rain or cooler weather still exists.  We operate the walk from late March to late October.

Getting to the Start

By Air—The closest airports to Portsmouth/Southsea (for ferries) are Bournemouth and Southampton. Slightly further afield you have London Gatwick, with many international connections.

By Rail—Portsmouth is on the main train line and takes approx 2hrs from London, 1.5hrs from Brighton and from Bristol its 2.5hrs.

By Car—the M27 spur runs off the M3 directly into the heart of Portsmouth, making driving an option.

You can save money and reduce the impact of tourism on the island by leaving your car in Portsmouth and catching a passenger ferry.  You can leave your car in the multistory car park for a nominal fee.

By Sea—Passenger ferries run from Portsmouth (crossing time 22 mins). Hovercrafts run from nearby Southsea (an incredible short crossing time of only 10 minutes)

If you need to take a car you should catch a ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourn, followed by a short drive to Ryde.

A good source of reference for travel details is the travel line website: www.traveline.org.uk  

Getting from the End

By Air—The closest airports to Portsmouth/Southsea (for ferries) are Bournemouth and Southampton. Slightly further afield you have London Gatwick, with many international connections.

By Rail—Portsmouth is on the main train line and takes approx 2hrs to London, 1.5hrs to Brighton and to Bristol it's 2.5hrs.

By Car—the M27 spur runs off the M3 directly into the heart of Portsmouth, making driving an option.

You can save money and reduce the impact of tourism on the island by leaving your car in Portsmouth and catching a passenger ferry.  You can leave your car in the multistory car park for a nominal fee.

By Sea—Passenger ferries run to Portsmouth (crossing time 22 mins). Hovercrafts run to nearby Southsea (an incredible short crossing time of only 10 minutes)

If you need to take a car you can drive from Ryde and then catch a ferry from Fishbourn to Portsmouth.

A good source of reference for travel details is the travel line website: www.traveline.org.uk  

Luggage Transfer

Baggage Transfer is included in your holiday and your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary.  We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. 

Walking Direction

Our itineraries follow an anti-clockwise direction, as this is the preferred route for baggage transfer services.

Dogs

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers do not accept pets.

Equipment

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants) sunhat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking shoes or boots, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for the summer months, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Starting Point: Ryde Day 2 Ryde to Cowes 8.5 miles / 14 km Day 3 Cowes to Shalfleet, transfer to Yarmouth 9 miles / 14 km Day 4 Transfer to Shalfleet to Yarmouth 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 5 Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 6 Freshwater Bay to Chale 11.5 miles / 18.5 km Day 7 Chale to Sandown 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 8 Sandown to Ryde 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 9 Onward Travel

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