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 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.)   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 

Closures effecting motor vehicles only (Island Wide Winter Byway closure)

From the 1 October 2019 for six months we have closed the Islands unsealed surfaced Byway network to motor vehicles, this is to protect the unsealed surfaces from damage over the wet winter months. The closure doesn't effect walkers, horse riders, cyclists or carriage drivers or any vehicle driver who has land or property adjacent to the closed parts of the byways. The closure is to stop through or leisure type vehicle use which has in the past, over the winter months, damaged the surfaces leaving them in an unsafe and dangerous condition for other types of user.

The effected byways 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.

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

Brighstone:

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 

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) 

Brighstone

Public Footpath BS59 has been closed Friday 6 March 2020 as there has been a landslip which has made a section of this path impassable.  During the closure the alternative route will be The Military Road.  Map of the closed section (PDF, 1 page, 253Kb)

Part of Public Footpath BS103 (Brook beach access ramp) has been closed Thursday 5 March 2020 as land slippage has made the ramp to the beach unsafe.  During the closure there is no alternative route.  Map of the closured section (PDF, 1 page, 1.79 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

Public Bridleway F70 (part) will be closed from Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April  2020 for surface improvement works to take place.  During the closure the alternative route will be Public Bridleway F15.  View a map of the closure section  (PDF 1 page, 2.51Mb)

Gatcombe

Parts of Public Bridleways G6 & G8 have been closed from Wednesday 8th January 2020 to allow Southern Water to make emergency repairs to a reservoir, the closure is anticipated to be required for several months.  The closed parts are between  New Barn Farm Lane / Byway G7b and Public Footpath G9 at Tolt Copse.  During the period of closure the alternative route will be:  Walkers; New Barn Farm Lane, Gatcombe Village Road, Public Footpath G11 & Public Bridleway G8 Equestrians and Cyclists; New Barn Farm Lane, Gatcombe Village Road, New Road & Public Bridleway G8.  Map of the closed section PDF 1 page, 2.87Mb

Niton

Part of Public Footpath NT38 has been closed 11 March 2020 due to a landslip.  During the closure the alternative route will be Public Rights of Way NT42, NT40, NT39, NT37, across open access land above Watershoot Bay and back onto NT38.  Please view a map of the closed section (PDF, 1 page, 272 Kb)

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).

Public Footpath NT110 has been closed 27th March 2020 between Kingsgate Lane, Niton and Public Footpaths NT108/NT109/NT121 because of an unsafe adjacent tree.  The alterative route will be Kingsgate Lane, Kemming Road and Public Footpath NT121.  Please view a map of the closed section (PDF 1 page, 1.91Mb)

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) will be closed from Thursday 10th October 2019 until mid April 2020 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)

Public Footpath T22 (part) steps to beach - The steps to the beach at Alum Bay / Needles Please Park have been closed 8th November 2019 due to damage to the first platform at the top of the path.

Ventnor

Public Footpath V108 has been closed 27th March 2020 from its junction with Leeson Road until getting to the open access land at St Boniface Down.  This is because of an unsafe adjacent wall.  Alternative access will be Leeson Road and then either Public Footpath V111 or V109 or any open access point off Leeson Road.  Please view a map of the closed section (PDF 1 page, 3.16Mb)

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).