Book OnlineIsle of Wight Coast Path
Total distance: 65 miles (104 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17.5 miles (28 km)
Season: 1st January - 31st December
Start of holiday: Ryde
End of holiday: Ryde
Day 1: Travel to Ryde where your first nights accommodation has been booked
Day 2: Ryde to Shalfleet. 16 miles (25.5km)
Day 3: Shalfleet to Freshwater Bay. 15 miles (24km)
Day 4: Freshwater Bay to Ventnor. 17.5 miles (28km)
Day 5: Ventnor to Ryde. 16.5 miles (26.5km)
Day 6: Depart from Ryde after breakfast
The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.
Extra nights / rest days
An extra night gives you the perfect opportunity to spend some more time exploring the sights and sounds of the Isle of Wight.
Shalfleet is a charming little village and is a good base for exploring the delightful countryside of the interior of the island. It is also a good location for visiting Newport, the capital of the Isle of Wight.
On the outskirts of the town stands the magnificent medieval hilltop fortress of Carisbrooke Castle, where Charles I was imprisoned prior to his execution in London. As well as a fascinating museum, the castle boasts a 16th century well-house, where donkeys still trudge inside a huge treadmill to raise a barrel 160ft up the well shaft. A walk around the battlements provides stunning views over the island and lofty perspectives of the castle's interior.
If you would like to take advantage of some of the finest beaches in the south of England, spend time fossil-hunting or explore the Botanical Gardens where 22 landscaped acres of subtropical plants flourish, consider the attractive seaside town of Ventnor for a rest day.
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- 5 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
- Breakfast each day.
- Door to door luggage transfer.
- Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
- An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
- Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
- Emergency assistance.
Travel InformationDetailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you on booking. A summary is given below.
Most convenient major city and international airports: London.
Outward journey from London to Ryde: Train from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour (1 hours), then Wightlink ferry to Ryde (crossing time 15 minutes).
Return journey to London at the end of the holiday: Ferry from Ryde to Portsmouth Harbour, then train to London Waterloo.
Travelling by car: There is a choice of three crossings to the island: Wightlink ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth (crossing time 30 minutes), Wightlink ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne (crossing time 35 minutes) or Red Funnel ferry from Southampton to Cowes (crossing time 55 minutes).
It is very easy to travel to the start (and return home from the end) of the holiday using public transport. Please click here for more information.
Click here for a summary of monthly average temperatures and rainfall for this trail.