Relaxed Walking Holiday through England in Miniature

Chalk cliff landscapes, beaches and a relaxing pace of life make the Isle of Wight a perfect walking holiday for singles, groups and families. The Isle of Wight Coastal Path is approximately 70 miles (112 km) and a pleasant walking experience, whether you are a seasoned walker or new to long distance hiking.

Highlights
  • Fine weather conditions for walking all year round
  • Extensive views over the coast from the chalk cliffs at Culver Down
  • Visit the grand former residence of Queen Victoria - Osborne House
  • Relax in the cosy country pubs and seaside towns dotted along the route
  • Picturesque gardens and wooded tracks bring variety to this coastal walk
  • The island holds designated nature reserves for its population of rare and endangered wildlife
  • See history brought to life at the well-preserved Carisbrooke Castle
  • 6 to 8 nights
  • 68 mls (view km)
  • Ryde, Southern England
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £515

Walking Isle of Wight Coastal Path

Your walking holiday takes in the Tennyson Heritage Coast from St Lawrence to Freshwater, along the island’s southern coastline. Admire the coloured sandstone cliffs at Alum Bay, explore the famous Needles and see the towering chalk cliffs at Freshwater Bay.

On your walking holiday you experience the invigorating air, quality of light and enchanting scenery of an island that has drawn in artists and poets, writers and scientists alike. Stretches of designated “Heritage Coast” cover nearly half the island’s 60-mile (97 km) coastline – a designation only applied to coastlines whose fine qualities preserve the natural wildlife.

Sections of the walk will appeal to birdwatchers, with a combination of marshland, mud-flats and sands attracting a wide variety of birds.Yarmouth Castle, Osbourne House (Queen Victoria’s country retreat), Tennyson's monument, castles, abbeys, churches, yellow sandy beaches, and even wine-tasting are all to be enjoyed on this fascinating walk.

Walking the Isle of Wight is generally easygoing, with mainly mild ascents - some are steeper. The Northern sections of the path tend to stray from the coast more than the others, but this is fairly infrequent as the rest of the path is predominantly coastal.

Our team would be delighted to talk to you about an itinerary for a walking holiday on the Isle of Wight.

Celtic Trails has 20 years’ experience providing tailored, quality itineraries for walkers who appreciate good service, comfort and organisation.

Path Walkthrough

Isle of Wight Coastal Path Map
Our Isle of Wight walking holidays take you on a circular route around the island, starting in Ryde

The first two days of walking from Ryde to Cowes to Yarmouth, are considerably more inland than coastal. However, the easy-going walks along cliffs and gardens are pleasant walks in themselves, and the exception - in comparison with the other sections. The route to Brighstone leads you though more secluded rural areas, and is one of the more challenging of the sections as the route descends and climbs back up to a balcony path with views over the Back of the Wight.

Leaving Brighstone, the path skirts cliff edges before descending to the sands and Victorian promenade of Sandown and Shanklin. The walk is mainly flat and not too taxing, apart from several steep short and steep ascents such as 'Devils Chimney' - just outside of Ventnor. The final section to Ryde is almost entirely coastal and shouldn’t present any difficulty as you enter Ryde through Priory Wood.

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Isle of Wight Walking Holiday Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Ryde to Ryde

Length: 67 miles/107km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
IOW18 nights, 7 days£670 (pp)View Itinerary
IOW26 nights, 5 days£515 (pp)View Itinerary

Please note that it may be necessary to stay at some locations for 2 nights.  This is due to accommodations only accepting 2 night bookings at busy times.  In such cases, transfers between the path and your accommodation will be included in your holiday cost.

Ryde to Ryde

Eight Nights, Seven Days
Price: £670 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: IOW1
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Ryde
Day 2:Ryde to Cowes8 miles/13km
Day 3:Cowes to Shalfleet9 miles/14.4km
Day 4:Shalfleet to Totland11 miles/17.6km
Day 5:Totland to Brighstone10 miles/16km
Day 6:Brighstone to Ventnor11.5 miles/18.4km
Day 7:Ventnor to Sandown5.5 miles/8.8km
Day 8:Sandown to Ryde12 miles/19.2km
Day 9:Depart Ryde after breakfast.

Itinerary Information: Eight nights accommodation, with seven walking says. Arrive in Ryde on day one, start walking from day two and depart from Ryde on morning of day nine.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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Ryde to Ryde

Six Nights, Five Days
Price: £515 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: IOW2
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Ryde
Day 2:Ryde to Cowes8 miles/13km
Day 3:Cowes to Yarmouth16 miles/25.6km
Day 4:Yarmouth to Brighstone14 miles/22.4km
Day 5:Brighstone to Shanklin15.5 miles/24.8km
Day 6:Shanklin to Ryde13.5 miles/21.5km
Day 7:Depart Ryde

Itinerary Information: Six nights accommodation with five walking days. Arrive in Ryde on day one, start walking from day two and depart from Ryde on morning of day seven.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible,
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers (one bag per walker, max 15kg per bag),
    • Personal transfers between the accommodation and path where necessary,
    • Route planning,
    • Walk pack including OS map, route notes, itinerary, accommodation directions and holiday planning

    Optional:

    If you wish to upgrade your overnight accommodation on occasion, we will be happy to arrange this wherever availability allows – prices to be advised.

  • Price Info.

    Bank Holidays & Short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Rest Days ~ From £47.50 pp per night

    Single supplements ~ Solo person bookings: £35.00 per night

    Postage Overseas

    £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World)  per walk pack.

  • Getting There

    By Rail: There is a railway station located in Portsmouth.  From Portsmouth take the Wightlink Fastcat catamaran to Ryde (18 minutes crossing time) www.wightlink.co.uk

    By Car there are a choice of three crossings to the island:

    The Wightlink ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth (crossing time 30 minutes)

    The Wightlink ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne (crossing time 35 minutes)

    The Red Funnel ferry from Southampton to Cowes (crossing time 55 minutes)

  • Best Time to Travel

    The Isle of Wight claims to enjoy the best weather the UK has to offer, so it stands to reason that summer would be an ideal time to travel. However, high summer tends to bring busy crowds to some of the coastal resorts dotted on your path. Walking necessitates a break from the more built up areas, but if you were looking for a more peaceful experience you may want to consider autumn/early summer.

    Before booking, please also bear in mind that the famous Isle of Wight festival is on roughly every second week of June on the island - this may effect our ability to secure accommodation for that weekend.

                                         

Client Reviews of Isle of Wight Walking Holidays

Our past clients rated this walk 4.9 out of 5, read a selection of 2 reviews below.

"Glorious weather and a warm welcome in the B&B's!"

4.8 out of 5

June 2016

"My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and not a little of this was due to the good accommodation provided. Thank you."

5 out of 5

October 2015

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