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Cicerone Guides: Walking on the Isle of Wight The Isle of Wight Coastal Path and 24 Coastal and Countryside Walks

Walking / Outdoor Guide
By: Paul Curtis(Author)
232 pages, 100 colour photos, 60 colour maps
Publisher: Cicerone Press
Cicerone Guides: Walking on the Isle of Wight
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  • Cicerone Guides: Walking on the Isle of Wight ISBN: 9781852848736 Edition: 2 Paperback Jan 2022 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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About this book

A guidebook to 33 walking routes on the beautiful Isle of Wight, including the 70 mile Coastal Path – a complete circuit of the island's spectacular coast. Ranging from 4 to 18 miles long, the walks explore clifftops, beaches, forest trails and downland, and visit picturesque villages and the towns of Yarmouth, Cowes and Ventnor. Graded easy to moderate, they are suitable for all abilities and are accessible all year round.

Walking on the Isle of Wight contains clear step-by-step route descriptions for each walk, accompanied by an extract from 1:50,000 OS mapping. There is information about refreshment and accommodation options along the route and plenty of details about the island's history and the interesting places encountered. Options for accessing the start and finish using the island excellent public transport are also given for each walk.

With an incredible 326 miles of footpaths in a compact area, there is a huge choice of where to walk, which means that walkers can experience all the diversity the island has to offer – jaw-dropping views such as those from the magnificent coastline of West Wight, St Catherine's Point and the Needles, sweeping downland, as well as 2000 or so listed buildings.


      Geography and landscape
      A potted history
      Modern society
      Principal locations
      When to go
      Getting to the island
      Getting around
      What to take
      The countryside
      Walking in groups
      Walking with children
      Using this guide

Coastal Path
      South coast
      Walk 1 Sandown to Ventnor
      Walk 2 Ventnor to Chale
      Walk 3 Chale to Brook
      Walk 4 Brook to Alum Bay
      North coast
      Walk 5 Alum Bay to Yarmouth
      Walk 6 Yarmouth to Shalfleet
      Walk 7 Shalfleet to East Cowes
      Walk 8 East Cowes to Ryde
      Walk 9 Ryde to Sandown

West Wight
      Walk 10 Shorwell circular
      Walk 11 Shorwell to Niton
      Walk 12 Brighstone circular
      Walk 13 Brighstone to Yarmouth
      Walk 14 Best of eastern Freshwater (circular)
      Walk 15 Best of western Freshwater (circular)
      Walk 16 Shalfleet and Newtown circular
      Walk 17 Shalfleet to Newport
      Walk 18 Gatcombe to Newport
      Walk 19 Tennyson Trail

East Wight
      Walk 20 Shanklin circular via Nettlecombe
      Walk 21 Shanklin circular via Bonchurch
      Walk 22 Shanklin circular via America Wood
      Walk 23 Shanklin to Godshill
      Walk 24 Niton circular (the two lighthouses walk)
      Walk 25 Ashey Station circular
      Walk 26 Ryde to Ventnor
      Walk 27 Seaview circular
      Walk 28 Wootton Bridge circular
      Walk 29 Wootton Bridge to Newport
      Walk 30 Bembridge Trail
      Walk 31 Worsley Trail
      Walk 32 Shorwell to Brading
      Walk 33 Godshill to Ventnor

Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Useful contacts

Customer Reviews


Paul Curtis fell in love with the Isle of Wight on his first visit as an adult in 2008. Surprised and inspired by the sheer variety of landscapes in a relatively small area, he kept returning over the next three years and ended up walking nearly every footpath on the island before being commissioned by Cicerone to write a guidebook. He has lived on the island since 2011 but regularly finds time to walk and cycle on the mainland and internationally.

Walking / Outdoor Guide
By: Paul Curtis(Author)
232 pages, 100 colour photos, 60 colour maps
Publisher: Cicerone Press
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