Isle of Wight Coast Path

A self-guided walking holiday beginning at Ryde and circumnavigating the Isle of Wight.

5 to 8 nights
70 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £460 per person

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About this route

The full Isle of Wight Coast Path walking holiday takes a 70-mile route around the entire island coastline. There is plenty of interesting sites to discover along the trail, including both natural wonders and historic landmarks. The Isle of Wight also boasts plenty of thriving settlements, all of whom guarantee a warm welcome to walkers.

© Contours Walking Holidays Isle of Wight Coast Path map
Circular trail beginning at Ryde
70 miles (112 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Exploring the varied terrain, 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.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
IOW1 A circular trail beginning at Ryde 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£460
IOW2 A circular trail beginning at Ryde 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding£550
IOW3 A circular trail beginning at Ryde 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£640
IOW4 A circular trail beginning at Ryde 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate£730

Isle of Wight Coast Path 5 nights, 4 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Ryde where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Ryde to Shalfleet(L). 17 miles (27km)

Day 2

Shalfleet(L) to Freshwater Bay. 16.5 miles (26.5km)

Day 3

Freshwater Bay to Ventnor. 18.5 miles (29.5km)

Day 4

Ventnor to Ryde. 18 miles (29km)


Depart from Ryde after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 5 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

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.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 70 miles (112 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18.5 miles (29.5 km)
Code: IOW1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Ryde
End of holiday: Ryde

Route Profile

Isle of Wight Coast Path Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Southampton and Bournemouth.

By Rail - There is a choice of rail stations at Portsmouth - Portsmouth & Southsea or Portsmouth Harbour.

By Bus - Various bus services run to and from Portsmouth.

From London - Trains run from London Waterloo station to Portsmouth Harbour. From there a ferry will be required to Ryde.

By Ferry - Ferrys run between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight (locations of which depend on whether you travel as a passenger or via car). To avoid disappointment, we advise that you book in advance.

Return To The Start - The Isle of Wight Coast Path is a circular trail beginning and ending at Ryde.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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Customer reviews from the Isle of Wight Coast Path

“Extremely well organised, everything we needed to hand in the pack.”
Mrs Riley, UK
“It was really lovely. The weather was great and we met some wonderful people. Views were stunning.”
Mr Berberich, USA
“All in all we had a wonderful holiday and I recommend the Isle of Wight to anyone looking for a coastal walk with slight differences.”
Mrs Boon, UK
“The logistics were organised well.”
Mr Cramer, Netherlands
“First time to the Isle of Wight for some of us. Varied walking, nothing too strenuous, lovely countryside and views for much of the way. Generally excellent accommodation.”
Mr Parkinson, UK
“Very well organised – it all worked exactly as expected.”
Mrs Thompson, UK
“Isle of Wight Coastal Path is a good way of visiting/viewing the island.”
Mr Handley, UK
“Enjoyed our walk immensely. Very impressed with Contours Walking Holidays!”
Ms Scott-Worthington, UK
“Good directions and accommodations (weather was great as well).”
Mr Connors, USA
"Freshwater Bay" by David Law (2019)
"Whitecliff Bay" by Bob Parkinson (2018)
"Walking on Tennyson Down" by Bob Parkinson (2018)
"The Needles" by Bob Parkinson (2018)
"Bembridge Harbour" by Bob Parkinson (2018)
"Descending near Woody Point" by Bob Parkinson (2018)
"Eroded Cliffs beyond Barnes High" by Bob Parkinson (2018)
"Red Sandstone Cliffs" by Lucy Coward (2018)
"Brightstone Bay" by Lucy Coward (2018)
"Old Battery and the Needles" by Christopher Talbot-Ponsonby (2017)
"St. Catherines Lighthouse" by Christopher Talbot-Ponsonby (2017)
"Ventnor Sea Wall" by Christopher Talbot-Ponsonby (2017)
"Looking back to Freshwater Bay" by David Conway (2017)
"Always Use the Gate" by David Conway (2017)
"Freshwater Bay" by David Conway (2017)
"Leaving Sandown" by David Conway (2017)
"Deckchairs at Shanklin" by Pauline Ellington (2017)
"Hamstead Point" by Pauline Ellington (2017)
"Heading Towards Brightstone Bay" by Pauline Ellington (2017)
"Beach Huts at Ventnor" by Pauline Ellington (2017)
"St. Catherines Head Lighthouse" by Royston Skucek (2017)
"Bembridge" by Laurence Levine (2017)
"Alum Bay" by Laurence Levine (2017)
"Freshwater Bay" by Laurence Levine (2017)

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