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

Winter 2018/2019 Byway Closure to motor vehicles

From Monday 22nd October 2018 for approximately 6 months the rural off road network of public byways will be closed to motor vehicles.  This prohibition doesn't apply to persons lawfully driving to access land or property adjacent to the closed sections of byway but it is to stop through traffic and leisure off roader type use.  This is because the surfaces of these byways get very soft in the wet winter weather meaning they can be easily damaged resulting in extensive and costly repairs and rendering the routes unsafe in the meantime to other users such as walkers, equestrians and cyclists. 

The Byways will be reopened again to motor vehicles in about April when the worst of the wet weather has past.  The Rights of Way team know this is frustrating to 4X4 off road users but we appreciate your compliance to protect our Rights of Way network for everyone's the future enjoyment. 

The Byways which are effected (not including the Tennyson Trail which is separately referred to below) are:

Arreton

A25 (Great East Standen Lane) between its junctions with Burnt House Lane and Public Byway A28.

A28 (St George’s Down) between its junctions with Arreton Cross and approximately the entrance into Newport Golf Club off St Georges Lane. 

Bembridge

BB37 (Peacock Hill) from its junction with the B3395 Sandown / Bembridge Road to a point approx 400 metres south of Hillway Road 

Brading

B13 (Galleyhorn Lane) from its junction with Byway B14 to its junction with byway R63 (Attrills Lane)

B14 (Galleyhorn Lane) from its junction with Byway B15 / B15A to its junction with Byway B13

B21 (Ricketts Hill) from its junction with West Lane to its junction with Rowborough Lane

B33 (Kern) from its junction with Kern Lane to its junction with Brading Down Road

B35 between its junctions with Kern Lane and Public Byway NC45A 

Brightstone

BS76 (Hulverstone Lane) from its junction with Military Road to a point approx 110 metres south of Brighstone Road

BS86 from its junction with Byway BS89 to its junction with Dunsbury Farm Lane.

BS89 from its junction with Byway F55 to its junction with Byway BS53

BS100 (Riget Lane) from its junction with Military Road to a point approx 140 metres south of Brighstone Road

BS101 (Blind Lane) from its junction with Hoxall Lane to its junction with Brook Road

BS104 (Pitt Place Lane) from its junction with Hoxall Lane to a point approx 260 metres south of Brook Road

BS106 (Sheep Lane) between its junctions with Brook Farm Close and the Military Road. 

Chale

C32A (Ashbridge Lane) between its junctions with Appleford Road and Public Byway SW41. 

Godshill

GL30 (Bobbestone Farm) between its junctions with Lessland Lane and Public Byway NC33.

GL48 (Part) from its junction with Byway V57 until its junction with Bridleway GL51 (at car parking area)

Freshwater

F55 from a point approx 530 metres east of its junction with Military Road to its junction with Byway BS89. 

Newchurch

NC33 (Bobberstone Farm) between its junctions with Canteen Road and Public Byway GL30.

NC45A (Lower Knighton Lane) between its junctions with Public Byway B35 and its junction with Knighton Shute / Knighton Lane. 

Ryde

R63 (Attrills Lane) from its junction with Byway B13 for a distance of approx 200 metres. 

Shanklin

SS17 (Lower Hyde Estate) from its junction with byway SS87 (Upper Hyde Lane) to its junction with Bridleways SS18A / SS89 at New Barn Lane

SS18 from its junction with Bridleways SS18A / SS89 at New Barn Lane to its junction with A3056 Newport Road, Lake

SS87 (Upper Hyde Lane) from its junction with Cliff Bridge, on the A3020 Godshill Road / Victoria Avenue to its junction with byway SS17  

Shorwell

SW41 (Ashbridge Lane) between its junctions with Emmett Hill and Public Byway C32A.

SW56 (Dungewood Lane) between its junctions with Kingston Road and its junction with Atherfield Road. 

Ventnor

V57 for its whole length from its junction with Byway V62 to its junction with Byway GL48

V62 for its whole length from its junction with Byway V60 at Week Farm Lane to its junction with Byway V57

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 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).

Newport / Carisbrooke / Gunville

Public Bridleway N40 (part) at Pan County Park - has been closed to allow building work to take place at the next phase of the Pan Meadows housing estate.  The alternative route is south of the closed definitive path over land which is intended to become the new definitive route once the diversion order process has been through its due process.   Please view a map of the closed section and the bypass route  (which is also proposed to become the new line of the Bridleway). (PDF, 1.29MB, 1 page).

Advance notice - Public Footpath N65 will be closed to allow building works on the field at the end of Ash Lane, this work being approved under planning application TCP/32246, P/00395/15 - the exact dates are not yet known but will be posted when they are confirmed.  Once the closure is in force the alternative route will need to be Public Footpaths N151, N82, N84 and either N83 to Gunville Road or N85 to Alvington Road.

Part of Public Footpath N160 at Pankhurst Forest is closed until 4 June 2019 to allow the demolition of the Energos building which is immediately adjacent to the path and the build of a new waste disposal plant.  The closed section is between Forest Road and the edge of Parkhurst Forest, a distance of approx. 550 metres.  During the closure a bypass can be made using the open access land and paths of Parkhurst Forest.  Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 2.93MB, 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

Steps to beach along Public Footpath T22 (steps to Alum Bay beach at the Needles Park) have been closed 7th December 2018 due to storm damage.  The path can still be used but access to the beach is restricted.  View a map of the closed section (PDF 1.69MB, 1 page)

Ventnor

Public Footpath V1 (part)  at Ventnor Industrial Estate, 27 November 2018, has been closed between its junctions with Old Station Road and Public Footpath V112.  This is to allow time for a structural engineer to assess damage to an adjacent wall.  Whilst the closure is in force walkers can use Public Footpath V112 to bypass the closed section. View a map of the closed section of path (PDF, 2.21MB, 1 page)

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, 2.40MB, 1 page).