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.

Service Update - COVID-19

No public Rights of Way are closed because of concerns for COVID-19 contamination or 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

Atherfield / Brighstone

Coastal Path closure at Brighstone  A section of permissive public access along the coastal path between Isle of Wight Pearl and Brighstone Holiday Centre has been closed for reasons of public safety and site security.  We are looking to resolve the issue at the earliest opportunity.  Current diverted access from the west is via the verge on the Military Road to re-join a link path on the eastern side of Brighstone Holiday Centre to then reconnect to the coastal path and Grange Chine.  Please keep to the signposted diverted route.  Map of closed section 

Bembridge

Public Footpath BB10 (near Forelands Field Road) :  Section of path closed between car park at Forelands Field Road and the steps to beach at BB10 / BB43.  This is in respect of public safety whilst works take pace on an adjacent property, see planning permission 20/02080/FUL closure is estimated to be required until November 2021.  To bypass use the nearby paths to circumnavigate.  Map of closed section (PDF 1.68Mb, 1 page)  

Blackgang Chine

Public Footpaths C11 / C11a (coastal path) will be closed for a few hours on the evening of Saturday 30th October 2021 in order for the Blackgang Chine Halloween firework display to be fired. Members of the Blackgang Chine staff will be on hand to escort walkers though the closure up to the actual point the fireworks will be fired.  Map of the closed section

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). 

Cowes

Public Footpath CS32 (section behind Nelson Drive) will be closed between Monday 6th & Wednesday 8th September 2021 in order that tree works can be undertaken.  To bypass the closure the alternative route will be Artic Road.  Map of closed section

Newchurch

Part of Public Footpaths NC24 and NC26 at Branstone Farm will be closed from Monday 4 January 2021 due to the redevelopment of the Branstone Farm site.  However, there will be bypasses put in place so a through route will still be able to be walked.  Closure map

Niton & Whitwell

Public Bridleway NT16 & part of NT18 known as Ashknowle Lane, Whitwell is to be closed between Monday 20th and Friday24th September 2021 (but only for a couple of days within this week) in order surface works can be carried out at the Whitwell end of the track.

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 the Public Right of Way R94 (also known as Spencers Road) will be closed between Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th September 2021 due to surfacing works being undertaken - the closed part of the path is at the Golf course end of the road.

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 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)

Wootton

Public Footpath N216 from the end of Woodside Road to the shore is anticipated to be closed in May 2022 (exact dates still to be advised) in order that works can be carried out under planning application 21/00435/FUL

Ventnor / Wroxall

Public Footpath V65a (part) at Bonchurch Landslip is closed between Paths V65d and path V65c due to a landslip.  Map of the closed section.

Public Footpath V99 is closed between Binnel Bay and Public Footpath V97/V96 due to landslips.  Map of the closed section

Public Footpath V98 beach access steps are closed at Woody Bay as they need to be repaired.  Map of closed section

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).