Local walks and trails (A to R)

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. 

If you are looking for things to do please check the website FreeWight - this has loads of ideas of places to visit and you can then incorporate these interesting things and locations into your walk or cycle trip.

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. 

You can discover a selection of  local walks on the Isle of Wight Ramblers website

View walks on the Isle of Wight, provide on the John Harris Walking in England website .

Short walks around the islands pubs can be found on the IW Beer & Bus website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carisbrooke Beer & Bus Historical Walk (PDF, 2.81MB, 8 pages) - 3.1 miles.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cowes Beer & Bus Historical Walk (PDF, 6.18MB, 24 pages) - 2.1 miles. 

Cowes Blitz Walk (PDF, 2.49MB, 8 pages)  

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

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

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

Gurnard Beer & Bus Historical Walk (PDF, 1.49MB, 8 pages)  

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

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

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

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

Merstone Station (PDF, 2.01MB, 3 pages) - Walking & Cycling from Merstone Station 

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

Newport Beer & Bus Historical Walk (PDF, 2.36MB, 8 pages) - 2 miles

Northwood Beer & Bus Historical Walk (PDF, 3.02MB, 8 pages) - 4.3 miles 

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

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

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

Ryde Beer & Bus Historical Walk (PDF, 3.25MB, 8 pages) - 2.1 miles