Public Rights of Way

Current Closures

Public Rights of Way Path Temporary Closure Notice

Details of roads (tarmacked carriageway and footways/pavements) closed temporarily for repair/maintenance can be found on the Islands Roads website.

How to temporarily close a public right of way

If you wish to apply to temporarily close a public right of way in order to undertake works on or near the path you will need to contact the Public Rights of Way service to discuss the closure.  Please contact the service by completing the online send a message to service form.  Or email rightsofway@iow.gov.uk

There is a process to follow which will includes:

  • The completion of a formal application form;
  • Payment of a fee;
  • You or your contractor will need to install and maintain the on site notices, closure signs and  / or barriers for the duration of the works. 

 

Current Rights of Way Closures

Tennyson Trail - byways permanently closed to motor vehicles

This is a series of Byways that are permanently closed to vehicles from Carisbrooke to Freshwater Bay (Public Byways N123, N128, N136A, N139, BS4, BS10, BS44, S26, BS53, F33).  They are permanently closed to vehicles pursuant to The Isle of Wight Council (Tennyson Trail, IW (Prohibition of Driving) Order No 1 2006.)   See a map of the closed route (PDF, 3.47MB, 1page)

Permit scheme for blue badge holders

A permit scheme is available to blue badge holders, licensed hackney carriages (taxis) and community vehicles between 1 April and 30 September annually. 

Application Process

  • To apply for a permit please download and complete the application form. (PDF, 4 pages, 33KB). 
  • Please include a photocopy of your blue badge permit with your completed application form.
  • Send the completed application form to: Public Rights of Way, County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD or email a copy of the completed form to rightsofway@iow.gov.uk

For further information or guidance please contact Public Rights of Way by completing the online send a message to service form, alternatively find our contact details in the 'Contact' tab above 

Chale

Public Footpaths C11 & C11a (part of the coastal path) at Blackgang will be closed during the Blackgang Chine Theme Park firework display, as these paths are close to the firing site .  The fireworks are set off in the evening between 8pm and 10pm depending on the darkness levels. The closure is from Monday 22 July to Friday 30 August 2019 and the fireworks are fired on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during this period, although wet weather may mean the days might slight change.  Please view a map of the closed section.  (PDF, 709KB, 1 page) 

Public Footpath C34 (path/steps in Whale Chine to the beach) is permanently closed pursuant to a Traffic Regulation Order due to ongoing landslips. No alternative route.  View a map of the closed section .(PDF, 98.8MB, 1 page).

Havenstreet

Public Bridleways N154 and N91 and Public Footpath R14 are to be closed from midnight on Sunday 28th July to Friday 9th August 2019 to allow an event called The Great Wonderfest to take place.  The event is located near Duxmore Farm and the Public Rights of Way would run through the event site, and this is why they need to be closed.  There is no convenient alternative off road route and users will need to use the surrounding Public Rights of Way, Downland Way and road network to bypass.  Please view a map of the closed section.  (PDF 2.55MB, 1 page)

Niton

Public Footpath NT46 (Castlehaven) is closed between its junctions with Public Footpath NT38 and Castlehaven Green.  Alternative route: Public Footpath NT38 and Castlehaven Lane.  Closed because of damage and erosion.  The Secretary of State for Transport has approved an time extension until 24 August 2019 for this closure. 

The following Footpaths NT47,48,49,50 & 51 are permanently closed under a Traffic Regulation Order because they are unsafe to use because of land slippage.  The paths will remain on the definitive map and will be periodically inspected in case of any changes to the land which would allow reinstatement.  

Public Footpath NT47 (Reeth Bay): closed between its junctions with Public Footpath NT42 and NT49.  No alternative route.  Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 2.43MB, 1 page).

Public Footpath NT48 (Puckaster): closed from a point 233 metres south of St. Catherine’s Road to its junction with Public Footpath NT49.  No alternative route.  Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 2.43MB, 1 page).

Public Footpath NT49 (Puckaster): closed between its junctions with Public Footpaths NT47 and NT50.  No alternative route  Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 2.35MB, 1 page).

Public Footpath NT50 (Puckaster): closed between its junctions with A3055 Undercliff Drive and Public Footpath NT51.  No alternative route.  Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 2.35MB, 1 page).

Public Footpath NT51 (Binnel Bay): closed between its junctions with Public Footpaths V99 and NT49.  No alternative route.  Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 2.27MB, 1 page).

Shanklin / Luccombe

Public Footpath SS3 (Luccombe Chine) is permanently closed pursuant to a Traffic Regulation Order from its junction with Public Footpath SS2 to the beach. This is because of land slippage. The path will remain on the definitive map and will be periodically inspected in case of any changes to the land which would allow reinstatement. Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 2.07MB, 1 page). 

Totland

Beach access steps at Public Footpath T22  have been closed from Friday 5th July 2019 due to landslips making these unsafe.  There is no alterative route to the beach.  Please view a map of the closed section (PDF, 2.40MB, 1 page)

Ventnor

Public Footpath V124 has been closed between its junctions with Undercliff Drive and Public Footpaths NT51 and V99 at Binnel Bay because of a landslip. The Secretary of State for Transport has allowed an extension to the closure until 24 January 2020 or until completion of the works whichever is earlier.   Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 1.91MB, 1 page).