Isle of Wight Coast Path

A circular walking holiday following the coastal path of the Isle of Wight.
Isle of Wight Coast Path Map

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Circumnavigating an island is always a rewarding experience and the path around the Isle of Wight's spectacular coastline is especially satisfying. The variety of the coastal scenery is amazing, with towering stark white cliffs, the spectacular chalk stacks of ‘The Needles', the multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay, wooded ‘chines', golden beaches, dramatic landslipped bluffs, sheltered undercliffs, tidal creeks, estuaries, mudflats and salt marsh.

Along the trail you'll find sleepy thatched villages, lively seaside resorts and bustling harbours. Other features of interest include a fossil forest; Appley Tower, built to celebrate the sailing of the First Fleet to Botany Bay in 1787; Yarmouth Castle, built by Henry VIII to defend the port from attacks by the French; Palmerston-era forts like the spectacularly sited Needles Old Battery, built in 1862 in response to the threat of a French invasion; St Catherine's Oratory and ‘Pepper Pot' lighthouse, built as an act of contrition by a wrecker who unwisely stole a quantity of religious wine from a local shipwreck in 1313; Quarr Abbey, the remains of the island's earliest Christian relics; and Osborne House which was built in the 1840's by Prince Albert and Thomas Cubitt as a summer retreat for the Royal Family. Following Albert's death, the desolate Queen Victoria spent much of her time here until her death in 1901. Since then, the house has remained virtually unaltered, offering a unique insight into Victoria's family life.

Holiday Highlights

  • Exploring the varied trail, from high chalk cliffs, fossil rich coves and quiet estuaries to The Needles near Alum Bay.
  • Admiring the expansive views near Sandown and the cliffs of Culver Down, with rich bird and plant life.
  • Spotting the many species of wildlife along the coastline, including the Glanville fritillary butterfly, not found anywhere else in Britain.
  • The sense of achievement having circumnavigated the Isle of Wight.

Testimonials

"This was our second walk with Contours so we were confident on setting off for Portsmouth that this would be every bit as enjoyable as walking Hadrian's Wall, which we undertook last year. The walk itself was everything we had hoped for with amazing scenery, fantastic views and an array of wildlife such as red squirrels, kestrels and even a close encounter with an adder! I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone and would recommend Contours as a company to organise it."
- Mrs Dale. UK


Isle of Wight Coast Path

A circular walk from Ryde passing around the Isle of Wight.
Total Distance 70 miles (112 km)
Start and Finish Circular trail beginning at Ryde
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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The Needles Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight Alum Bay
Isle of Wight footpath above Freshwater Bay
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
IOW1 5 nights, 4 days walking £420 per person More Information Book Online
IOW2 6 nights, 5 days walking £500 per person More Information Book Online
IOW3 7 nights, 6 days walking £580 per person More Information Book Online
IOW4 8 nights, 7 days walking £660 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Don’t have the time for the complete walk?

We also offer the Isle of Wight Taster Break covering the spectacular southern coast of the island from Yarmouth to Shanklin.


Isle of Wight Taster Break

Yarmouth to Shanklin around the southern section of the Isle of Wight Coast Path.
Isle of Wight Short Break

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Total Distance 31 miles (49.5 km)
Start and Finish Yarmouth to Shanklin
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The Isle of Wight Taster Break begins in Yarmouth and takes in the southern coast of the Isle of Wight before ending in Shanklin. It is the perfect introduction to the Isle of Wight and is ideal for those with less time.

This walk sets off from the natural harbour in Yarmouth and passes the multi-coloured cliffs of Alum Bay and the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark, The Needles and Lighthouse. Following this is a series of ‘chines’ and high clifftop paths before visiting the wonderful town of Ventnor. The final leg of this journey then leads to Shanklin, where the thatched cottages and old fashioned tea rooms of the Old Town provide an idyllic place to celebrate the completion of your walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Admiring the amazing views from Tennyson Down, named after the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.
  • Visiting the many picturesque towns and villages, including Ventnor, with its Mediterranean feel.
  • Arriving in Yarmouth and enjoying the coastal scenery and relaxing atmosphere.

Testimonials

"We had an exceedingly pleasant two days walking along the magnificent coastal path from Yarmouth to Shanklin - the baggage transfer went very well, our accommodation was clean and we were fortunate with the glorious weather."
- Mrs Wilson.UK

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South Coast Beach Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight the Needles
Freshwater Bay Isle of Wight
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
IOWSB1 3 nights, 2 days walking £270 per person More Information Book Online
IOWSB2 4 nights, 3 days walking £355 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
IOWSB1-D 3 nights, 2 days walking £285 per person More Information Book Online
IOWSB2-D 4 nights, 3 days walking £375 per person More Information Book Online
£8 per dog / walking day
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£55 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Ms Onishchuk. Ireland.

The walk was very pleasant. The weather was very good, the views were amazing. To be able to walk around the whole Island gave us a sense of achievement. The holiday was really nicely organised.