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 

Atherfield / Brighstone

Public Footpath BS2 (part) at the site of the old Atherfield Holiday Camp has been closed from 24th January 2022 because of building works taking place in the site.  While the path has been closed the landowner is providing an bypass within their land.

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 

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 / Totland

Public Footpath F13 Brambles Chine has been closed Monday 21st February 2022 due to damaged to the slipway, to the beach, over which this path runs. This is expected to be a long term closure.  Ensure you are aware of the tides as there will be no access off the beach at Brambles Chine and the nearest access is at Colwell Bay.  Click for a map of the location

Gurnard / Thorness

Public Footpaths CS26 / CB1 between Rolls Hill Road and Sticelett Farm, will be closed from Wednesday 6th to Tuesday 12th July 2022 for the Rhythmtree Music Festival.  the alternative route will be Rolls Hill, Rew Street and public footpaths CS3, CB23, CB1, CB29 & CB2

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

Newport

Part of Bridleway N203 at Rowridge has been closed Thursday 14th April 2022 due to damage to the surface which need to be repaired.  The alterative route will be BridlewayN198, N136a/N139/BS4 and Bridleway BS6

Niton & Whitwell

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).

Nettlestone & Seaview

Part of Public Footpath R89 in Priory Woods (near Nodes Point) has been closed because of a landslip.  There is no through route between St Helens and Seagrove Bay whilst this is shut.

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)

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 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).