Isle of Wight Short Break

A short walking holiday from Yarmouth to Shanklin along the Isle of Wight Coast Path.

3 to 4 nights
31 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £275 per person

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About this route

This short break option begins in Yarmouth and explores the southern coast of the island before reaching Shanklin. This introduction to the Isle of Wight is ideal for those with less time. This walk sets off from the natural harbour in Yarmouth and passes the cliffs of Alum Bay, the Needles and the Lighthouse.

The trail then follows a series of ‘chines’ and clifftop paths before visiting the town of Ventnor. The final leg of this journey then leads to Shanklin, where the cottages and tea rooms of the Old Town provide an idyllic place to celebrate the completion of your walk.

 

Standard
Interactive
Isle of Wight Short Break map
Yarmouth to Shanklin
31 miles (50 km)
2nd January to 24th December

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.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
IOWSB1 From Yarmouth to Shanklin 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding£275
IOWSB2 From Yarmouth to Shanklin 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate£365

Isle of Wight Short Break 3 nights, 2 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

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

Day 1

Yarmouth to Brighstone. 15 miles (24km)

Day 2

Brighstone to Shanklin. 16 miles (25.5km)

Finish

Depart from Shanklin 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.

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 walk 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 walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£25.00 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?

  • 3 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.

Yarmouth is a good choice for a rest day. It is a delightful village port with narrow lanes, stone quays, a timber pier and historic castle.

If you fancy somewhere quieter, consider Brighstone. It is a beautiful little village set amid flower-strewn fields between forest and sea.

If you would like to enjoy one of the finest beaches in the south of England consider Shanklin for an extra night.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 31 miles (49.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16 miles (25.5 km)
Code: IOWSB1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Yarmouth
End of holiday: Shanklin

Route Profile

Isle of Wight Short Break Route Profile

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent with your full holiday 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 Lymington - Lymington Pier or Lymington Town.

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

From London - Trains run from London Waterloo station to Lymington Pier. From there a ferry will be required to Yarmouth.

By Ferry - Ferrys run between Lymington and Yarmouth (suitable for both passengers and cars). To avoid disappointment, we advise that you book in advance.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to catch a bus from Shanklin to Yarmouth. From there a ferry ride will be required to Lymington.

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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