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Cost: 400

Please note that transport to the begining and from the end of the trail is not included in the price.

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Coastal Path

Ryde - Shalfleet
A level start to the walk as you head towards Quarr Abbey, originally a Cistercian site dating from the 12th Century. The present Abbey, however, was built in the early 20th Century by Benedictine monks. Running a little further from the coast than later sections you move inland after crossing the Wootton Creek. As you walk through the small villages leading into East Cowes and arguably the best or at least the most popular, tourist spots on the Isle of Wight, the stunning Osborne House, and a favourite retreat of Queen Victoria. Thereafter the trail continues down to East Cowes and crosses the river via the chain ferry to West Cowes. There is plenty to see on this section, wandering through the sailing town of Cowes with its bustling sailing shops before passing the Royal Yacht Squadron as you leave Cowes. In addition to the world-famous Cowes Week in early August, there tend to be boating events on at most times throughout the season. The trail leads you along cliff tops before descending onto the beach at Thorness bay where your likely to see wading birds, including oyster catchers, ringed plovers and redshanks. It was at this beach during World War II that the pipeline used to supply fuel to the invading allied forces came ashore. After the Thorness Holiday Village you veer away from the coast and inland through the Newton National Nature Reserve with further bird watching opportunities on offer.

Shalfleet - Freshwater
Leaving the quaint village of Shalfleet you head back to the coast and follow it along the cliff tops and through woods before eventually arriving in the attractive, bustling sailing harbour of Yarmouth. Crossing over the river Yar and follow along old military walkways to the next section of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path which is dominated by the three pinnacles of the Needles with the Old and New Batteries and the Black Knight missile test site (The best view of the Needles is from the Old Battery which is National Trust property so do not forget your card if you are a member!) and the multi-coloured cliffs of Alum bay. From The Needles and Scratchells Bay, the trail continues along the chalk ridge of Tennyson

Wight Wanders - 22 Broadfields Avenue - Cowes - Isle of Wight - PO31 7UD
Tel: +44 (0) 1983 281662 - Email: info@wight-walks.co.uk