Public Rights of Way

Local walks and trails on the Isle of Wight


There are many local trails and walks which are promoted by Town/Parish Councils, local groups and societies.  These routes may use a combination of Public Rights of Way, Footways (pavements), Open Access Land and Permissive Paths.

Although the Isle of Wight Definitive Map shows the network of public rights of way, routes can be hard to identify without a guide or recommendation. 


The list of leaflets and websites below provides various walks and routes:

Please note: that Public Rights of Way have not checked the content of these leaflets and cannot therefore guarantee their accuracy or suitability.


The Isle of Wight Ramblers have a selection of local walks which you can find if you visit their website by clicking here 

The John Harris Walking in England website has a link to walks on the Isle of Wight, click here to view the website.  

Barnsley Trail - 4 mile circular walk in the Nettlestone & Seaview area (PDF, 548KB, 2 pages).

Bembridge Trail - 11 miles Bembridge point to Shide Corner, Newport (PDF, 1.67MB, 3 pages).

Betty's Walk - 1.4 mile circular walk around old Freshwater Village (PDF, 692KB, 2 pages).

Boat Trail - 4 mile walk in Cowes and East Cowes (PDF, 2.48MB, 3 pages).

Brading Heritage Trail - A stroll through Brading town (PDF 6.76KB, 2 pages).

Brading Wetland Wonders - 1 mile circular walk to explore wildlife in the wetland west of Brading Station (PDF 728KB, 2 pages).

Brading Wonderfull Welly Walk - 1.86 miles Brading Station to Roman Villa (PDF, 1.61MB 2 pages).

5 Walks from Brading Station:  1 St Helens Branch Line (PDF, 375KB, 2 pages) - 2 Centurion Copse & Old Sea Wall  (PDF, 385KB 2 pages) -  3 Views Over Yaverland Manor  (PDF, 364KB, 2 pages) - 4 Brading Roman Villa  (PDF, 320KB, 2 pages) - 5  Brading Down (PDF, 354KB, 2 pages).

Calbourne - a guide to the area (PDF, 144KB, 2 pages).

Cascading Canopies Histree Trail - 1.75 mile circular walk round Cowes (PDF, 284KB, 4 pages).

Champions & Churchyards Histree Trail - 4 miles Carisbrooke to Medina Arboretum in Newport (PDF, 248KB, 5 pages).

Compton to Chale - Glanville Fritillary cliff top butterfly spotting walk (PDF, 7.40MB, 2 pages)

Coastal Path Cowes to Yarmouth - 16 miles (PDF, 1.19MB, 1 page).

Coastal Path Yarmouth to Brighstone - 14 miles (PDF, 1.12MB, 1 page).

Coastal Path Brighstone to Niton - 8 miles (PDF, 1MB, 1 page).

Coastal Path Niton to Sandown - 9 miles (PDF, 1.08MB, 1 page).

Coastal Path Sandown to Ryde - 12 miles (PDF, 1MB, 1 page).

Coastal Path Ryde to Cowes - 8 miles (PDF, 1MB 1 page).

Curious Carisbrooke - Rambles by Bus (PDF, 1.68MB, 1 page).

Freshwater Way - 5 miles - Yarmouth Bridge to Freshwater Bay (PDF,1.06MB, 1 page)

Groves & Gardens Histree Trail - 3.2 mile circular walk around Shanklin Old Village (PDF, 285KB, 4 pages).

Hamstead Trail - 7 miles - Hamstead Cliffs, Cranmore to Brook (PDF, 1.17MB, 1 page).

Kings & Dragons Histree Trail - 10.1miles - Carisbrooke to Brighstone (PDF, 213KB, 5 pages).

Legends & Landscapes Histree Trail - 4.1 circular walk around Brading (PDF, 266KB, 4 pages).

Medina Estuary -  9 mile circular walk between Cowes, Newport and East Cowes (PDF, 287KB, 2 pages).

Milne Trail - about an hours walk around Newport tracking the later part of the life of John "Earthquake" Milne (PDF, 2.37MB, 2 pages).

Nunwell Trail - 7 miles - Sandown Railway Station to Ryde (PDF, 981KB 1 page).

Parks & Parasols Histree Trail - 2.6mile circular walk around East Cowes (PDF, 286KB, 4 pages).

Poets & Pines Histree Trail - 3.9 mile circular walk around Freshwater (PDF, 272KB, 5 pages).

Shepherds Trail - 7 miles - Carisbrooke to Shepherds Chine (PDF, 1.04MB, 1 page).

Stenbury Trail - 10 miles - Shide (Newport) to Ventnor at the Botanical Garden (PDF, 575KB, 1 page).

Sunshine Trail - 12 miles circular cycle route, passing Wroxall, Godshill, Lanbridge, Sandown, Lake & Shanklin (PDF, 297KB, 2 pages).

Tennyson Trail - 14 miles - Carisbrooke to Alum Bay (PDF, 1.05MB, 1 page).

Towering Tennyson - Rambles by Bus (PDF, 936KB, 2 pages).

Venerable Oaks Histree Trail - 5.5 mile circular walk around Ryde, Fishbourn & Quarr (PDF, 274KB, 4 pages).

Waterside Whippingham - 4.4 mile linear walk between Whippingham and Newport (PDF, 1.12MB. 2 pages).

Western Yar Eastuary - 3.8 mile circular walk from Yarmouth to Freshwater (PDF, 678KB, 2 pages).

Wootton Countryside & Landscape - 3.5 mile walk in the Wootton environment (PDF, 1.54MB, 2 pages).

Wootton Creek & Coastline - 4 mile circular walk to Woodside beach (PDF, 1.42MB, 2 pages).

Wootton (Hidden) - 6 mile walk to Woodhouse & Littletown (PDF, 1.45MB, 2 pages).

Wootton (Historical) - 2.5 miles - notable building & features (PDF, 1.49MB, 2 pages).

Wootton Musical Heritage - 2 miles - people & places around Wootton (PDF, 1.48MB, 2 pages).

Worsley Trail - 13 miles - Brighstone Forest to Shanklin Old Village (PDF, 121MB, 1 page).

Yarmouth Harbour - Sensory Trail located around the harbour area (PDF, 8.42KN, 2 pages).

Other sources of information:

The network of Public Rights of Way (as at 2000) can be viewed in the Isle of Wight Definitive Map, by clicking here.

The network of Public Rights of Way plus some cycle routes and permissive paths can be viewed on the Isle of Wight Leisure Map by clicking here, this is not a definitive map but gives a illustration of where the routes run.  You need to click on the map features tab to get the key to show what the different routes mean. 

Click here to view the Visit Isle of Wight the Isle of Wight tourism website, it has lots of information about walking and cycling.

Open Access Land and a number of Permissive Paths can be found on the website of Natural England.

Visit the Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL29 website by clicking here.

The Go Wild on Wight website has walks and events, to view these click here.

If you wish to add a guide or leaflet to the above list then please contact Public Rights of Way by clicking here  and using the 'send a message to service' form.