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.

Covid-19 and Public Rights of Way - Please note No public Rights of Way are closed because of concerns for Covid-19 contamination / transfer. 

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 email rightsofway@iow.gov.uk or if it is an immediate emergency due to unforeseen safety reasons call 01983 821000 (9am to 5pm weekdays). 

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. 

   

The 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.)   View 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 

Closures effecting walkers, horse riders and cyclists

Bembridge

Public Footpath BB7 (part):  Closed between the bottom of the beach access steps at the end of Swains Road for approx. 170m to the southeast.  This is due to a landslip.  The alternative route will be on the beach.  Map of the closed section (PDF, 1 page, 2.31Mb)

Public Footpath BB10 (part of the coastal path) :  Closed between Forelands Field Road and Public Footpath BB14 closed on Monday 30 December 2019, because of a landslip.  To bypass this section please use Forelands Field Road. Howgate Road, and Public Footpath BB14.  Map of the closed section (PDF, 3.03Mb, 1 page) 

Public Bridleway BB35 (part):  Closed on Thursday 3rd September 2020 between 9am and 3pm for tree work.  Please use the surrounding local streets to bypass the closed section.  Map of the closed section (PDF 1  page, 416.32Kb)

Brighstone

Public Footpath BS103 between Military Road and the beach will be closed between 6am and 7pm on Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd September 2020 in order that filming can take place.  Whilst this is closed the next location for parking and beach access will be at Compton. Map of the closed section (PDF, 1 page,  11.9 Mb)

Chale

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). 

Freshwater

Part of Public Footpath F6 (Monks Lane) will be closed for two days between Monday 14th & Friday 25th September 2020 the closure will be between 8am and 6pm whilst road repairs / resurfacing is taking place.  Whilst the closure is in force the alterative route for walkers will be paths F9 & F10.   View a map of the closed section (PDF, 1 page, 3.78Mb)

Niton

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).

Ryde

Part of Public Footpath R49 at Brookfield Gardens will be closed from Tuesday 1 September for approx. 4 days for some tree work.  The alternative route will be the pavement along the main road and then Brookfield Gardens.  View a map of the closed section (PDF, 1 page, 1.80Mb)

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

Public Footpath T6 (part) is closed from Thursday 10th October 2019 until mid April 2021 in order that that a house can be constructed as per planning application TCP/33657, P/01242/18.  The closed section runs between Summers Court and Summers Lane.  The diversion route will be Court Road and Summers Lane.  An application is to be made by the developer to divert part of Public Footpath T6 and this will be dealt with by the Rights of Way team.  View a map of the closed part of the path   (PDF 1 page, 1.69Mb)

Public Footpath T16 (part) has been closed since January 2020 because of a landslip in the section between Cliff Road and its junction with T17.  The diversion route will be Cliff Road and Public Footpath T17.  The landslip is being monitored and if this stabilises we will then be able to see a new path can be created around it.  View a map of the closed section. (PDF 1  page, 1.69Mb)

Ventnor / Wroxall

Steps between St Johns Road, Wroxall & Bridleway V131 - have been closed 5th June 2020 as they have become unsafe.  The alternative route for pedestrians will be St Johns Road, Castle Road and Yarborough Road.

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. Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 1.91MB, 1 page).

Yarmouth

Public Footpath F5 at Norton Spit will be closed between 6am and 11pm on Tuesday 1st September 2020 in order that filming can take place.  Whilst this is closed there is no alternative route.  View a map of the closed section (PDF 1 page, 13.9Mb)